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Wednesday, June 29
 

9:00am

Volunteers Table
Panelists:

Wednesday June 29, 2016 9:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table

11:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday June 29, 2016 11:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

12:00pm

Art Show
Artist setup. Panelists:

Wednesday June 29, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

12:00pm

The Bridge
Panelists:

Wednesday June 29, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Shipside

9:00pm

Registration
Panelists:

Wednesday June 29, 2016 9:00pm - Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00pm

Volunteers Table
Panelists:

Wednesday June 29, 2016 9:00pm - Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table
 
Thursday, June 30
 

8:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:00am - 11:59pm
DoubleTree Shipside

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

Volunteers Table
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table

10:00am

Art Show
Artist setup. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

11:00am

Dominion
You are a monarch, like your parents before you, a ruler of a small pleasant kingdom of rivers and evergreens. Unlike your parents, however, you have hopes and dreams! You want a DOMINION! (Base game plus all expansions) Panelists: The Source (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

11:00am

LAN - Open Gaming
The early bird gets to play on the newest computer!! Come up to LAN gaming starting at 11:00 AM on Thursday morning to get the best seat in the house and kick your friends' tailfeathers in any of the games on our PCs. Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2206

11:00am

Road Kill Rally
Gentlemen, start your engines! Pedestrians, watch your @$$es! Race across the country in your weaponized roadster, lighting up your opponents and scoring points by killing pedestrians. It’s all about the size of your gun and the speed of your ride! Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

11:00am

PFS - Daughters of Fury: Hell's Quarry
When devils slay the knightly leader of Arwyll Stead and orcs from the Hell's Fury tribe attack the town, all hope seems lost for the brave people living on Lastwall's border. (5 players) Panelists: Jeffrey Reed (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

11:00am

PFS - Quests
Quests are a series of 1 hour adventures meant to take new players through their first experiences with the Pathfinder Society. Will run every hour throughout the day for anyone wishing to play, simply ask in 2203. (Up to 6 players per session) Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:00am - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

11:00am

Source Game Library
Each year, The Source brings a library of games to CONvergence for folks to play in their room on the Gaming floor - table 2205c has been reserved for this purpose throughout the convention. Games from this collection need to stay in 2205. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:00am - Friday July 1, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

12:00pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

12:00pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

12:00pm

12:00pm

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

12:00pm

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:00pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Northwest

12:00pm

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 5

12:00pm

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

12:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

12:30pm

Coloring for All Ages
It's fun. It's therapeutic. It's Zen. It does not matter your motive, coloring is fun! Come kick off the start of Convergence with some fun, geeky coloring sheets and oodles of coloring tools.  We’ll have sheets for all ages! Panelists: Sandbox Staff

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30pm

Geeky Destinations
And how do we get . . . where? What places around the world are must-see destinations for geeks? Panelists: Miriam Krause, Sarah Humphries (mod), Peter Lane, Windy Bowlsby, Rebecca Barney

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

Ghostbusters 3
The all-female Ghostbusters premieres this summer. Let's talk about our expectations and fears for the movie as well as the gamut of reactions, from the hilarious tantrums (no, it won't ruin your childhood--you don't have to see it) to the hopes for more. Panelists: Dave Margosian, Adam J. Whitlatch, Matt Gamble (mod), Samantha Bitner, Crystal Huff

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Harmony Through Superior Science Fiction
Sci-fi has given us stories filled with themes of acceptance. Worlds where mutants, aliens, and mud-bloods struggle to live among humankind while being different. Panelists discuss how sci-fi impacts our views of diversity and reflects our world. Panelists: Lathan Murrell, Dave Romm, Derek "Duck" Washington, Kerry Peterson

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Interstellar Travel
Come and discuss the physics and technology behind the possibilities of interstellar travel. Panelists: Melanie Galloway, Steven Theiss, Bob Johnson (mod), Dan Berliner

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Old Enough To Vote
Coming of age stories are common in genre fiction. What does it mean to become an adult, both in fiction and reality? Panelists: Camille Griep, Joan Marie Verba, Renate Fiora (mod), Bradford Walker, Lee Blauersouth

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Panspermia! Meteorites as Transportation
Panspermia is the concept that the building blocks of life could have been delivered to Earth via comet or meteorite impact. Come for a panel discussing this hypothesis, and learn about the support for and against its validity. Panelists: John Shea, Nicole Gugliucci, Michael Kingsley

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Photographing CVG and Beyond
Learn tips on shooting at CONvergence and elsewhere. Everything from manners to technical questions answered. Panelists: Roger Pavelle, Jamie Bernstein, Josiah Mannion

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Crowne Plaza U

12:30pm

Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Considering a Plug-In Electric vehicle or curious to learn more? Panelists will share their experiences and enthusiasm for EV-related topics including 2nd gen. 200+ mile range vehicles, deployment of fast charging infrastructure in Minnesota, and more. Panelists: Birch Hansen, Colin Lee, Emily Herron, Ralph Jenson, Mark Hanson

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

12:30pm

The Reproducibility Problem: How Serious is it?
There's been a lot of discussion about the ability to reproduce experiments, especially in the social sciences. How serious is the problem? What can be done? Panelists: PZ Myers, Vernon McIntosh, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Peter Larsen, Topher Hunter (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

Why Gargoyles is Still Relevant
How is it that Disney's Gargoyles still captures our imaginations over two decades since it first aired, and in what ways does it accomplish things that contemporary cartoons still struggle with? Gargoyles is still relevant. Let's explore why that is. Panelists: Greg Weisman, Christopher Jones, Chandra Reyer, Alana Profit, Patrick Fisher

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip and the weirdest news stories. (Up to 12 players, ages 13+) Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

12:30pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. (Up to 8 players, ages 13+) Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

12:30pm

Legendary
Deck Building Game set in the Marvel Comics Universe. Battle other players with heroes, villains, and if you’re strong enough, take on the Mastermind! (4 players, ages 16+) Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

12:30pm

Slash
Players make the best romantic pairings between cultural and pop icon the “matchmaker” selects and one from their hand. Depending on the group, we’ll play rounds with or without scenario-based (“Meet the Parents”) storytelling. (Up to 6 players) Panelists: Chas Swedberg (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table G

12:30pm

LAN - League of Legends Tournament
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday afternoon. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2206

12:30pm

MTG - Casual Play
Room open for casual Magic: the Gathering play - this is the time to playtest, fishbowl, trade, and generally prepare for the weekend's events. First event begins at 6 pm. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2201

12:30pm

PFS - The Stolen Heir
Upon hearing that the daughter of an eminent and wealthy of citizen of Sauerton has gone missing, the Pathfinders rush to her aid in the hope of earning her father’s goodwill and support in upcoming endeavors. (Up to 5 players) Panelists: Hilary Moon Murphy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

12:30pm

ChessWerks
Play chess with oversized pieces in the Garden Court. Panelists: ChessWerks

Thursday June 30, 2016 12:30pm - 7:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

1:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

1:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 1:30pm - 2:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

2:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 2:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

2:00pm

What Am I Doing in This Handbasket?
Craft buffet, with basket weaving and application of bells to toes. Panelists: Sue Bloyer

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

2:00pm

Radio Play Auditions - Th
Have you ever wanted to be in a radio play, performing beside a professional voice actor, playing one of your favorite characters? Now is your chance! We are holding auditions for a live performance at CONvergence! Panelists: Greg Weisman, Christopher Jones

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

Breaking into YouTube
How do you start your own YouTube channel? We'll talk about everything from making your own videos and starting a YouTube channel to getting subscriptions and more. Panelists: Tactical Pinup, Nicholas Boden, Kyle Dekker (mod), Luxander Pond

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

2:00pm

Crashing Cars and Flying Motorcycles: The Work of Hal Needham
In addition to being one of the most prolific stuntmen in the world, Hal Needham directed films where cars crashed with wild abandon and Burt Reynolds winked a lot. Join us for a discussion of his life and movies, from Cannonball Run to Megaforce. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Derek Mahr, C. Robert Cargill

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Gone Off the Rails: How to Moderate
Sometimes, you're on a panel that starts to go wrong: some guy starts talking over all the women in the room or the person who volunteered to moderate the panel turns out to be a blowhard. How do you fix this on the fly? And not be That Guy? Panelists: John Seavey, Sigrid Ellis (mod), Mark Oshiro, Michael Carus, Stephanie Zvan

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crowne Plaza U

2:00pm

Kids These Days...
Bridging the generations of fandom: from the foundations nearly a century old to the new generations and what they're bringing to the mix. Reflect, hear the in-jokes, learn the secret handshake, and share what fandom means to you and where its going. Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Catherine McFerrin, Trisha Lynn (mod), Kiah Nelson, Bess Stuvenoxend

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Sm'tkRoyani and Bob: The Do's and Don'ts of Naming
It's one of the great unspoken rules of sci-fi and fantasy: don't let your characters' names make the reader wonder whether your cat walked over the keyboard. How can you create inventive, original, internally consistent names for your world? Panelists: J.M. Lee, Kathryn Sullivan, Tyler Tork (mod), Emma Bull

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

The Flash
Hurry to the panel and discuss the most recent season of the CW show. Panelists: Mark Goldberg, Jim Kakalios, Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem, Adam Lueck, Lee Harris (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Walking Dead Shows
First there was The Walking Dead, now Fear the Walking Dead. Discuss both shows, what works and doesn't in both timelines, and how they may have gone "off-script" from the comics and why. Panelists: Patrick Marsh, Stephan Stomberg, Kris Coulter (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

What Does God Need With a Starship?
From the Christ-like figure of Superman to the metaphysical adventures of the Enterprise, fantasy and science fiction have long explored religious and philosophical questions. What is it about SFF that touches our spirituality? Panelists: Amanda Larsen, Cetius d'Raven (mod), PZ Myers, phillip andrew bennett low, Kristina Halseth

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Geek Partnership Society and Our Community
The local nonprofit GPS exists to support our local fan community. Find out how they can connect you to your fandoms and grow partnerships. Learn about their events and activities. Panelists: Jody Wurl, Ann Roubik, Seth Chmelik, Terri Schultz

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories (12 players, ages 13 and up) Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

2:00pm

Cthulu's Vault
Storytelling game based on the H.P. Lovecraft Universe. Players play cards as they tell their story – if they can link multiple cards together, they receive a bonus of some sort vs. the Great Old Ones. (Up to 5 players, age 16+) Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

2:00pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

2:00pm

Munchkin Twist
Each player will get to use 1 of the different themes of munchkin. Compete to be the first to level 10. Fight monsters, level up, equip gear, loot treasure, and mess with other players. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

2:00pm

Red Flags
Red Flags is a card game where players pick qualities that would make a perfect date for the “single” player. Then an opponent brings up the date’s “red flag.” The date might “love to cuddle” and is an “astronaut” but what if they “bring mom to the date? Panelists: Chas Swedberg (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table G

2:00pm

Smash Up!
Take the twenty-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a forty-card deck, then compete to smash more Bases than your opponents! Each faction brings a different mechanism to the table, and every combination brings a different play experience. Panelists: The Source (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

2:00pm

Initial D
High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant by day and a tofu delivery boy by night. Little does he know, his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00pm

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 6:00pm

2:00pm

Art Show
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

2:00pm

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

2:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 2:30pm - 3:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

3:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:00pm - 3:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

3:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 1
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

3:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

3:00pm

Consuite
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

3:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

3:30pm

Starships
Build spaceships, rockets, jets, boats, trains or other vehicles using cardboard tubes of various sizes and other craft supplies. Panelists: John Garner

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

3:30pm

All-New, All-Different Comics?
Recently Marvel & DC have been promising more diversity in characters, creators, genres, and story direction. What’s truly new, different, and moving forward? What’s more of the same? And what are other publishers offering that challenges the status quo? Panelists: Meredith Gillies, Jonathan Palmer, Jordan West (mod), Christopher Jones

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Game Design: The Ultimate Fan Fiction?
Many games are developed around popular books, films and television series. How do designers immerse themselves in universes others have created, and how do they bring something new to the table? Panelists: Mark Redacted (mod), Monica Valentinelli, Bob Johnson, Bradford Walker, Cam Banks

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Thumbing Our Way Across Fandoms
HHGG is a radio series, a book series, a tv series, a record and a movie, all of which are different. The movie left out a lot, but added a few new wrinkles. We will discuss the similarities and our favorite versions and try not to hear any Vogon poets. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Dave Romm, Beth Voigt, Lee Harris

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Horses Behave like Horses
Authors discuss writing animals and plants that behave the way animals and plants really behave. This panel includes discussion on some good and bad examples in media and literature as well as resources for writers to do the appropriate research. Panelists: Camille Griep, Elizabeth Bear, Anthony Eichenlaub, Michael Carus (mod), Melissa Olson

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

Physics of Time Travel
Come and discuss the physics and technology behind the possibilities of time travel. Panelists: Melanie Galloway, Renate Fiora (mod), Dan Berliner, Jim Kakalios, Greg Weisman

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Twin Connection: Myth, Science and Confirmation Bias
Cultures worldwide have different myths and legends about twins. How much can science explain? Do twins share a special connection that transcends scientific understanding? This panel will explore myths and facts about twins. Panelists: PZ Myers, Kathryn Sullivan, Windy Bowlsby

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

3:30pm

X-Files, Season 10
Mulder and Scully reunite in a series of new adventures. How do you think it compares to the first 9 seasons? What worked and what didn't? Panelists: Jennifer Lundstrom, Allyson Cygan, Alex Musial, Stephan Stomberg, Mark Oshiro

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

Frankensteining Patterns
What happens when the pattern you need for a costume doesn't exist and/or come in your size? Join Snow and Brichibi Cosplays as they discuss up-sizing patterns, how to combine different pattern pieces, and how to make your costume work for your body type. Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Jessica Walsh

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crowne Plaza U

3:30pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories! (Up to 12 players, ages 13+) Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

3:30pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. (Up to 8 players, ages 12+) Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

3:30pm

LAN - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
An updated version of Counter-Strike, this offering features revamped versions of classic maps, as well as several brand new maps, weapons, characters, and game modes, as well as cosmetic items like weapon skins added post-release. Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2206

3:30pm

Quick-Travel Games
Come play (or learn) some quick, affordable, travel-sized games (Sushi-Go, Fluxx, Love Letter). Games will be started as folks arrive; no need to stay for the whole block – drop in and out as you please. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

3:30pm

Sentinels of the Multiverse
Megalopolis is in trouble! Tachyon, Bunker and The Mighty Ra must team up to defend the city against the evil Baron Blade! Sentinels is a cooperative card game where superheroes come together to save the day. (Up to 5 players, age 13+) Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

3:30pm

Sheriff of Nottingham
Players are merchants, who see Prince John’s visit to Nottingham as an opportunity to make a quick profit by selling goods in the bustling city, but all goods must come through the city gate, under the watchful eye of the Sheriff! (4 players, ages 16+) Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

3:30pm

Simplicity!
Have you ever wanted to play a magic wielding, two headed, zombie with an inferiority complex in a Steampunk world and was told by the GM "NO, you can't play that!!"? Then this is the game for you. 5 players, age 13+ Panelists: Kenneth Justiniano (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 3:30pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

4:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 4:00pm - 4:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

4:00pm

Gun x Sword
*Schedule Change* Apathetic swordsman Van is on a journey to kill his fiancé's murderer. The only characteristic he has to go by is that the murderer has a claw for an arm. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

4:00pm

Lost City of Barakus
Searching for 2 gem keys to unlock the Vault of Larin Karr, the party is also en route to stop a diabolical telescope from being built which will summon a host of devils to raze the land... A long-running CONvergence D&D 3.5 adventure! Ages 12+ welcome. Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 4:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

4:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 4:30pm - 5:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

5:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 5:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

5:00pm

Balloon Hovercraft
Design and build your own mini hovercraft while learning how floating on a bed of air is a frictionless (if impractical) way of getting around. Race your friends and experiment with modifications to improve speed and control. Panelists: Brianne Bilyeu

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

5:00pm

A-Listing B Movies
Is the Sy-Fy Channel the new drive-in? Deliberately cheesy B movies have been made for decades, but now they are receiving promotion as bad movies right from the start. Sharknado, anyone? Temporary trend or filling a void? Panelists: Jack Reher, Joel Arnold, Axel Kohagen, Matt Gamble (mod), Niles Schwartz

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Car Wars: Autodueling in RPG and Video Gaming
Vehicular combat has been featured in SF stories by such authors as Harlan Ellison and Alan Dean Foster, and has been a feature in RPG games (e.g., Car Wars) and video games. How and why did the popularity of autodueling games change with the times? Panelists: Jeremy Stomberg, Bradford Walker, Perrin Klumpp (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

5:00pm

Cosplay 101
Found the character you’d like to cosplay but don’t know where to start? Making your first costume can be fun and easy. Sewing, prop making, scouring thrift stores, armor making and more! Panelists: Jess Dunow, Melissa Sowers, Laura Oliver, Gregory Laffrenzen, Bess Stuvenoxend

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

Creative Process Across Disciplines
A discussion of the creative process across different industries, science, technology, and the arts. Brainstorming and problem solving. What tools are similar, what are different? Is there a particular mindset one needs to cultivate? Let's explore! Panelists: Christine Mitzuk, Scott Keever, Carrie Patel (mod), Carl Zachmann

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

Crowdfunding Your Way to 'There'
Is crowdfunding your best bet? Which crowdfunding option should you choose? And how do you get from unknown to funded? The promise and perils of the crowdfunding journey will be explored. Panelists: Marie Porter, Anj Olsen, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Stephanie Zvan (mod), Tania Richter

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

Homestuck (Or: What just happened?)
Since 2009, Andrew Hussie's manic and groundbreaking webcomic has steamrolled into internet fame. Now that Homestuck is at its conclusion, it's time to look back: Why did it become so popular? What impact has it had? And really: what was it all about? Panelists: Sasha, Graham Barr, Dirk Ykema, Brittany Nickel

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

I Had to Stop Watching/Reading When...
Most of us take the bad with the good in our entertainment, but some issues are dealbreakers. What was the last straw for you in books, movies, or TV shows that you just couldn’t get past? Panelists: Camille Griep (mod), Aimee Kuzenski, Mark McPherson, Ryan Placzkowski, Melissa Olson

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

Masquerade, Costume Wars and Art of the Dress 101
Come talk about what happens during the Masquerade, the fabulous Costume Wars and Art of the Dress Fashion Show and with the department staff. Ask questions. Plan your entry. Find out the details of how the whole process works. Panelists: Gregory de Danann

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

Meteorites! Coming to a Planet Near You!
Meteorite collecting is a lifelong exploration into both history and science. Come see a collection of hundreds of specimens and a comprehensive presentation on the topic. Stay after for a chance to hold a piece of The Moon and Mars! Panelists: John Shea

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories. Up to 12 players, age 13+. Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

5:00pm

Castle Panic
The forest is filled with all kinds of monsters who waited patiently for you to build your castle and train your soldiers. Now they want a piece of you! Work with your friends to defend your castle against the roaring, angry hordes! (5 players, age 16+) Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

5:00pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. Up to 8 players, ages 12+ Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

5:00pm

LAN - Starcraft: Broodwar
Blizzard's classic Starcraft is back and available to play - Bot Stomps and Versus Modes encouraged! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2206

5:00pm

Munchkin Twist
Munchkin, with a twist! Each player uses 1 of the different themes of munchkin, and players compete to be the first to level 10. Fight the monsters, level up, equip gear, loot treasure, and (of course) mess with other players in true Munchkin tradition. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

5:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 2
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! (this showing is captioned) Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

5:00pm

GPS Charity Auction
Preview only. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

5:00pm

PFS - Day of the Demon
The Pathfinders' task is simple: clear the abandoned manor in Cheliax of any remaining threats from the Age of Lost Omens before the Blakroses move in. Unfortunately, the estate hasn't sat empty as long as folks think it has. 5 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Keith Apperson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

5:00pm

Terran Revenge Fleet
Earth needs YOU to hunt down and take revenge for what they did to our home world! Become a Marine, go to strange, exotic worlds aaaaaaand basically kill everything that moves. (Up to 10 players, ages 13+) Panelists: Robert "Ski" Cudinski (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

5:00pm

Ascension of the Ebon Survivors
The Company of the Talon wishes to join Deadlystrike. To be accepted each company must endure a trial for the honor of inclusion. So ready blade, firearm, spell, and warmachine... and prepare for the very worst Immoren has to offer! (8 players, age 13+) Panelists: Jeb Worrall (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table B

5:00pm

Company of the Talon's Rise to Power
The Company of the Talon wishes to join Deadlystrike. To be accepted, each company must endure a trial for the honor of inclusion. So ready blade, firearm, spell, and war machine, and prepare for the very worst Immoren has to offer! (8 players, ages 13+) Panelists: Jeremy Thigpen (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table A

5:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:30pm - 6:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

5:30pm

Saiyuki
Humans and demons lived in harmony until demons started attacking humans and plotting to unleash Gyumao, an evil demon imprisoned for millennia. Now a rogue priest must team up with three demons and embark on a perilous journey to the west to stop the resurrection of Gyumao and restore the balance between humans and demons. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

6:00pm

Big Fun Radio Funtime
Big Fun Radio Funtime presents old time radio plays for a new time audience. Sit back, close your eyes, and let the funny sounds transport you to different places and times. There might be aliens, vampires, monster trucks, or even shoe salesmen but it will all be fun. Maybe even Big Fun! Presented by Fearless Comedy Productions. Panelists: Angela Fox, Dawn Krosnowski, Charles Hubbell, Tim Wick, Christopher Jones, Windy Bowlsby, Salsa Sterling

Thursday June 30, 2016 6:00pm - 6:50pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

6:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 6:00pm - 6:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

6:00pm

MTG - Booster Draft: Shadows Over Innistrad
Kick your CONvergence off with a little Magic! $15 entry (tickets at Dreamer's Vault Games dealers' booth), 3 rounds of play. Prizes will be 1 pack per round won; anyone who goes 3-0 will get an add'l booster pack. Plan ahead - event starts at 6 PM. Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 6:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

6:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 6:30pm - 7:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

6:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie 3
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! (this showing is captioned) Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 6:30pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

7:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 7:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

7:00pm

Opening Ceremony
Hello, fellow rocketeers! The CONvergence Opening Ceremony is our official kick-off for the convention. Come meet our Guests of Honor after they have their personal hovercrafts parked by our robot valet, and learn what exciting adventures are in store for the rest of your journey as we kick off this year's event. Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, Amy Shira Teitel, Cam Banks, Christopher Jones, Joseph Scrimshaw, Ytasha Womack, Daren Dochterman, Mark Oshiro, Dawn Krosnowski, Greg Weisman

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Ethical Implications of Genetic Testing & Editing -- SciFi Becoming Real!
With the popularity of genetic testing (23&Me) and the discovery of direct gene editing tools like CRISPR-Cas9, potential dystopian futures written as sci-fi may yet come to fruition. What are the potential ethical implications of using these tools? Panelists: Destiny Ziebol, Vernon McIntosh, Kris Coulter, Bryan Jones, Stephanie Zvan (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

Health-Quantified Self
Forget 1984; we've moved into a world where we constantly monitor and report on ourselves, often with wearable electronics. Is it making a difference in health? Do physicians have any idea what to do with this data? Panelists: Jamie Bernstein, Maggie Schultz, Sara McAtee

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

I Can't Watch That - I Might Like It
We have so many choices beyond network TV that we can't possibly watch it all. How do you choose which shows to watch next and which to pass on . . . for now? Panelists: David Rust (mod), Catherine McFerrin, Ryan Placzkowski, Jen Manna

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

Physics of the TARDIS
What laws of physics would need to be bent, broken, or worked around to make it possible to travel through time TARDIS-style? Where is the line between science and fiction in how the TARDIS uses space, including within? Panelists: Lathan Murrell, Steve Manfred (mod), Ryan Consell, Renate Fiora, Dan Berliner

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

7:00pm

Sci-Fi TV Year in Review
We'll discuss the best, the worst, and the meh in television science fiction, from The Man in the High Castle and the new Minority Report, to Dark Matter. Panelists: Dave Margosian, Elliott Wilcoxon, Lee Harris (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

That Would Make a Great Movie
Where's my Squirrel Girl movie? What books and comics haven't been made into films but would be awesome on the big screen? Panelists: Kelly Jo Ernst, Michael R. Underwood (mod), Taylor Cisco, Matt Gamble, Kevin Eldridge

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

Trains
Is the Snowpiercer train plausible? How about a train between planets? Let's talk about all the trains that appear in our favorite books, movies, and TV shows. Panelists: Patrick Marsh, Katie Dahl, Michael Kingsley, Rebecca Barney

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

7:00pm

Writerly Career Cycles: Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here?
Most professional careers have their ups and downs. The average writer experiences lots of highs and lows. This panel will focus on how to survive and thrive on the roller coaster. Panelists: Carrie Patel, Eli Effinger-Weintraub, Jay Gallentine (mod), Chrysoula Tzavelas

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip and the weirdest news stories. Up to 12 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

7:00pm

High Noon Saloon
Reach for the sky, varmint! What better way to celebrate America's birthday than a good old-fashioned Wild-west gunfight? High Noon Saloon is the fast-paced card game of quick draws and hot lead. Ages 13+, all materials provided. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

7:00pm

LAN - Heroes / Hearthstone
Heroes: Characters from Blizzard games all fighting together in one MOBA. Hearthstone: Blizzard's free to play CCG. Matches throughout the day, with possible tournament style brackets available on request. PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED for both games! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

7:00pm

Trivia!
Science-Fiction / Fantasy themed Trivia event - candy and prizes for participants! Panelists: Alicia Beck (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

7:00pm

Dragon Flyer
The best way to fly is by dragon. Create your own dragon "marienette" flier, a Sculpture project. Panelists: Nikita Woltersen

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

7:00pm

Munchkin Tournament - Round 1
Tournament-flavor Munchkin - come get your card game on with CONvergence’s annual Munchkin Tourney. Tournament rules may be available at the front desk on 22, but no guarantees. First round may run long due to number of participants. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

7:00pm

PFS - Glass River Rescue
A Pathfinder leading a diplomatic envoy from Five Kings Mountains has gone missing, and the balance of power hangs on her successful rescue. The party must enter Razmiran, locate the missing group, and escape with their lives. 5 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Jeffrey Reed (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

7:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:30pm - 8:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

7:30pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

7:30pm

Space Brothers
Following an encounter with a UFO, Mutta Nanba and his younger brother Hibito vowed to become astronauts, but 19 years later Mutta has lost sight of his dream. After losing his job at an automotive company, however, Mutta might get the chance to catch up to his brother. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:00pm - 8:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

8:00pm

MTG - Standard Constructed
Grab your event ticket from the Dreamer's Vault Games booth, bring your Standard-Legal deck, c'mon up and throw down! $8 entry for 4 rounds of play, and prizes are at least two booster packs for everyone! Plan ahead - event starts at 8 pm! Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

8:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

8:30pm

Fancy Bastard Pie Competition
Join GPS & Greg Weisman (aka "Fancy Bastard") for his second ever Fancy Bastard Pie Competition. Bring your best pie from home and Fancy Bastard will choose his favorite. Winner will be be granted 1 spoiler request. Come ready to eat some pie. Panelists: Greg Weisman

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

8:30pm

ASL 101
Come learn about ASL. Bring your questions. Panelists: Becca Justiniano

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

8:30pm

Etiquette and Ethics for the 21st Century
Why handshakes, bathing, and thank-you notes still matter, as do ethics in the digital world. Let's discuss how we act--and interact--in a space that is both very private and very broad. In a global community, the smallest actions matter. Panelists: Camille Griep, Cassandra Phoenix, Renate Fiora, Hal Bichel (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

8:30pm

Game of Thrones
Season 6 takes us beyond where the books left off (at least until Martin finishes the next book in the series). How does this season compare to seasons before? Which characters and storylines have met or exceeded expectations and which have fallen short? Panelists: Axel Kohagen (mod), Alex Musial, Mark Goldberg, Luxander Pond, Kris Coulter

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

Grimm
Juliet is now Eve, Renard is running for mayor backed by a Vesen terrorist group, and Wu's "hulking" out. Come talk about the developments in Season 5. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Kristina Winn, Ann Laabs, Emma Bull

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

8:30pm

Horror in Video Games
What makes a good horror game? What can a game do to scare you that a film can't? This panel looks at the techniques and traits of the industry's spookiest video games. Panelists: Jessica Walsh, Stephan Stomberg, Ansley Grams, Anna Besmann

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

Let There Be...What?
Creating a fictional universe, whether it's for film or for a novel, can be a daunting task. What's it look like? Who lives in it? What kind of society do they live in? Join us and share your tips on world-building, and maybe learn a bit, too! Panelists: J.M. Lee, Ty Blauersouth, Carrie Patel (mod), Kelly McCullough

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Outlander Season 2
At the end of season 1, Claire and Jamie were headed to France to try to stop the Jacobite uprising. Come talk about their continuing adventures. Panelists: Lis Morton, Michelle Farley (mod), Lynne M Thomas, Amy Fischer, Anne Fry

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Space Aces
Spaceship crews supposedly need to be sexually compatible; if you have normal human beings cooped up together, there's going to be sexual attraction. But asexual people, aces, don't feel sexual attraction. What role might aces play in space exploration? Panelists: Jamie Riedesel (mod), Rory Ni Coileain, Laura Thurston, Graham Barr, Riley Davis

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Steven Universe and Normalizing Queerness
With many of its romantic and implied sexual relationships, Steven Universe is arguably the queerest all-ages cartoon we've ever seen. But the best part is they are treated as absolutely normal. Let's talk about why that's a great step forward. Panelists: K Tempest Bradford, Kiah Nelson, Bri Lopez Donovan (mod), Dirk Ykema, Dani Pennella

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

8:30pm

Sunspot Acoustic
Paranormal/Sci Fi Acoustic Rock Duo Panelists: Mike Huberty, Wendy Lynn Staats

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

8:30pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. 8 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

8:30pm

LAN - Left 4 Dead 2
The award winning zombie co-op action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns. Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

8:30pm

Smackdown 2016: Transportation Annihilation
The greatest vehicles in fiction square off against one another in a battle to determine which of them has the drive to be a champion! Our panel of vehicular experts will look under the hood of each match-up and determine which mode of transportation will move on and which will stall. Panelists: Tim Wick (mod), Melissa Kaercher, Christopher Jones, Kelvin Hatle, Joseph Scrimshaw, Tim Uren, Barb Abney, Sharon Stiteler, Daren Dochterman

Thursday June 30, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

9:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 9:00pm - 9:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

9:00pm

Trailer Park
See what the future holds as Rex dishes out trailers for hot upcoming releases, as well as some independent shorts and other fun stuff. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

9:00pm

Space Lounge
Visit the best transit station lounge in space and enjoy your layover. Social hosts are available to help you select appropriate smoothie refreshment between stops, double-check arrivals and departures, or direct you to your next departure point. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 9:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 8

9:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 9:30pm - 10:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

9:30pm

Kill La Kill
Ryuuko Matoi arrives at the prestigious Honnouji Academy in search of her father's killer. Armed with a sentient, parasitic school uniform and the Scissor Blade, she challenges the sinister student council to finally uncover the culprit. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 9:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

10:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 10:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

10:00pm

Scotch and Cigars
Scotch and cigar discussion with smoking and drinking at Smokers' Paradise. Bring your favorites to share, discuss, and further encourage those interested in learning about the lifestyle. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven, Brianne Bilyeu, Todd Kyseth, John Shea

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Outdoors

10:00pm

2016 Foreign Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
New for 2016, the Foreign Sci-Fi Short Film Festival brings you the best in genre short films produced by filmmakers from around the globe. VOTE for your favorite films in the Audience Choice Awards! Panelists: Troy LaFaye

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

10:00pm

Always a Critic
How do these panelists handle critics as they live their lives online? As critics themselves, how do they manage that filter as they try to consume things for fun? Panelists: Mark McPherson, Mark Oshiro, Laura Zats (mod), Amal El-Mohtar

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Gratuitous Rape in TV
Gratuitous rape and other violence against women is used as entertainment, filler, to make a bad guy look villainous or a good guy turn heroic. We'll discuss why this is problematic, as well as how rape and violence can be done well in fiction. Panelists: Melissa Olson, Olivia James, Kristina Halseth, Elizabeth Reynolds, Michael Carus (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Outrageous Fashion
From Barbarella to Gem, Labyrinth to Hunger Games, we'll talk about over-the-top clothes and costumes in films and TV. Panelists: Sarah Prentice, Michelle Farley, Amanda Hofman-Frethem, Melissa Sowers, Maggie Schultz (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

Science of Sexual Fluidity
A key aspect of sexuality, gender identity, and attraction factors such as kinks is that they can be fluid and don't necessarily reveal themselves early in life. This panel will challenge assumptions that identities must be claimed early and held for life Panelists: Cassandra Phoenix, Ben Blanchard, Benny Vimes (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00pm

The Ins and Outs of Kindle Porn
Science fiction and fantasy are huge sections of this growing self-pub market, and many of it's works have roots in fandom. How do you find the good stuff, and how can you join the fun? Panelists: Jaime O'Brien, Lee Blauersouth, Ty Blauersouth (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

Unusual Transportation
Riding dragons, being carried by an angel, flying on handlebars - getting from point A to point B doesn't always involve traditional vehicles. We'll discuss the unusual, the ridiculous, and the unique in transportation in books, TV, and film. Panelists: Eli Effinger-Weintraub, Katy Kelley, Rebecca Barney, Kathryn Sullivan (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

10:00pm

You Will Behave Yourself at My Table
How GMs can deal with problematic behaviors of players, why they should, and what techniques they can use. As a GM, you have the power. Use it for good. Panelists: Beth Kinderman, Jim Tigwell, Mark Redacted (mod), Eric Zawadzki, Jess Banks

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

10:00pm

Lyritics Presents: Geek Nation
Local Nerd-Core Hip-Hop Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

10:00pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip and the weirdest news stories. Up to 12 players, ages 13+. Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

10:00pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. Up to 8 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

10:00pm

LAN - Five Nights at Freddy's
Survive 5 nights as security guard in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, eluding animatronic band members who'll helpfully put you into a suit ... ignoring that the suit is currently filled with mechanics!! Not for the faint of heart! Ribbons awarded for surviving! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

10:00pm

Cardboard City
Join forces to create and build towers and vehicles to turn the Sandbox into a mini cardboard city. We will use this city for kids and members to cosplay, and maybe unleash their inner Godzilla, Friday morning. Panelists: Nick Glover, Molly Glover

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

10:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 4
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00pm

Cards Against Humanity (21+)
In memory of a wonderful lady and longtime CONvergence volunteer (Anna Catherine Hagen-Heine) who left us far too soon. Come celebrate her life, sense of humor, and truly twisted mind with family and friends you may (or may not) have met. ID required. Panelists: Anna's Minions (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2202

10:00pm

MTG - Chaos Draft
A fun, casual format that uses cards from any MTG set released in 15-card packs. Get your $15 event ticket at Dreamer's Vault Games dealer booth - 3 rounds of play, 1 prize pack per round won; 3-0 gets 1 bonus booster pack. Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:00pm - Friday July 1, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

10:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:30pm - 11:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

10:30pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog
The Evil League of Evil invites you to attend Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Thrill to the heroics of Captain Hammer as he attempts to foil Dr. Horrible's plans to impress Penny & Bad Horse! Singing and dancing shall be yours. Don't forget to attend "Can't Stop the Serenity" on August 11th, 2016 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. Panelists: Barbara Jungbauer

Thursday June 30, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

11:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:00pm - 11:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

11:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:25am
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

11:30pm

Late Night Music Circle
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists: Dave Stagner

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:30pm

Nescaflowne
Meet Hitmi, an average Japanese high-school girl who finds herself whisked away to the magical world of Java, where conflict is brewing between the kingdom of Folgeria and the Starbach Empire. Could it be that Hitmi has the power to save the day? If you don't know the answer to that, you probably haven't seen much anime. Panelists:

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:30pm

Achieving Sci-Fi Utopia
How do we bridge the gap between the great future we are so good at imagining and the seemingly intractable current political climate? Panelists: Jim Tigwell, Celia Yost, Jamie Bernstein (mod), Amanda Marcotte, Rebecca Watson

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

American Horror Story: Hotel
This season inhabited The Cortez, based on real horror hotels, and visited some past haunts of the series. Explore characters and themes new and familiar, and perhaps speculate on who or what is next. Most of all, give thanks our CON isn't in the Cortez. Panelists: Kristina Halseth, Ann Laabs (mod), Amanda Hofman-Frethem, Geoffrey Hofman-Frethem

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:30pm

Anime Made Me Gay
Continuing our “made me gay” panels, we look at Anime, discussing the gender-bending heroes of Utena and Ranma 1/2, the lesbian Sailor Senshi, old school yaoi and yuri fandom, and the heroes (and villains) that made our childhood selves blush. Panelists: Donald Kaiser (mod), Riley Davis, Brittany Nickel, Jason Tucker

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:30pm

Ash vs. The Evil Dead
Ash and his Boomstick are back decades after his original encounters with the Deadites, this time in a TV series. Let's talk about how well the character and story have held up and transitioned to television and what we hope for from the next season. Panelists: Niles Schwartz, Neil Anderson

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

11:30pm

Le Vin avec Verne, or: Around the World in 80 Proof
In our continuing "[drinks] with [author]" series, we will discuss and celebrate the life and works of Jules Verne while our bartender serves the panel with Verne-inspired cocktails. Can gears be used as a drink garnish? Let's find out! Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Dawn Krosnowski, Jerry Belich, Pat Harrigan (mod), Tim Uren

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

Representation in Headcanons
Many of us don't see ourselves in even our favorite media. How have you brought your gender identity, sexual orientation, faith, race, disability or mental health into your interpretations of your favorite works? Panelists: Dee Bitner, Kiah Nelson, Graham Barr, Nick Stoner, Lee Blauersouth (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:30pm

Spoilers - A Love/Hate Relationship
Some people love them, some hate them, some find them useful, some run screaming from the room. Let's discuss the pros and cons and the various levels of spoiling that can happen. SPOILER WARNING! Panelists: Benny Vimes, Christopher Martinez, Jen Manna, Michael Shappe (mod), Laura Thurston

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

Tales from the IT Trenches
Panelists share their stories of IT implementations gone wrong - and right. Panelists: Ben Blanchard, Daren Johnson (mod), Ross Conklin, Amy Fischer

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:30pm

LAN - Late Night Gaming
Late-night adults-only hours for LAN - take a break from your party rotation for a game of Counter-Strike or Left 4 Dead 2 against your 18+ friends! Room is open as late as the LAN crew can put up with you, or 2:00 AM, whichever comes first! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Thursday June 30, 2016 11:30pm - Friday July 1, 2016 1:00am
DoubleTree 2208

12:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

12:00am

Cinema Rex Movie 5
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00am

Music for Planes, Trains, Automobiles, or TARDISes
How do we get there? By dancing, of course! No matter what conveyance you utilize to get to Mainstage, we'll accelerate your journey to the stars with an all-night jet-fueled mix of retro, remixes, electro-swing, mash-ups, and all-around good cheer. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am - 6:00am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am - 6:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

12:30am

Flowers of Evil
Kasuga Takao spends his time reading Baudelaire and worshipping his classmate Saeki Nanako from afar. On a mad impulse, he steals Saeki's gym uniform but is quickly overcome by shame and guilt. Furthermore, creepy outcast Nakamura saw him do it and begins to blackmail him for her own inscrutible purposes. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30am - 2:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00am

Cinema Rex Movie 6
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00am - 4:15am
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Friday, July 1
 

7:00am

Blue Submarine No. 6
Infamous scientist Zorndyke believes the reign of humans on earth needs to end, so he builds a new race of ocean-dwelling beings to destroy humanity. It is up to Blue Submarine No. 6 and the rest of the Blue Fleet to put an end to Zorndyke's madness. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00am - 8:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

8:00am

Space Lounge: Complimentary Continental Just Morning One-Hour Rave
Visit the best transit station lounge in space and enjoy your layover. Social hosts are available to help Whether you’ select appropriate smoothie refreshment between stops, double-check arrivals and departures, or direct you to your next departure point. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 8

8:30am

Night on the Galactic Railroad
When Giovanni, a lonely boy in a hill town, goes to get milk for his ailing mother, he finds himself crossing the Milky Way on a faster-than-light steam railroad. Fantasy and reality blur as Giovanni visits a variety of human "types" at stations across the galaxy. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30am - 10:20am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:00am

Cinema Rex Movie 7
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! (this showing is captioned) Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

Volunteers Table
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Northwest

9:00am

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 5

9:30am

Monster Smash
Get your kids, get your costumes on, and come cosplay in our miniature cardboard city. We will have areas to strike a pose, and other areas to Hulk smash your enemies and save the day! Panelists: Nick Glover, Molly Glover

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

9:30am

Casual Gaming
What games do people play when they do not have a lot of time to game? We'll talk about the best options from mobile to PC to console. Panelists: Amanda Larsen, Sean Sullivan, Ross Conklin (mod), Caitlin Knight, Ryan Placzkowski

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

Dinotopia!
Dinosaurs are everywhere in film in TV, from the Flintstones to Jurassic World and the Good Dinosaur. Come discuss the variations in portrayal. Which films and shows get the most right? Which are not even close? Do the changing depictions reflect society? Panelists: Matt Kuchta, Adam J. Whitlatch, Melissa Olson

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

Get Paid! Contracts and Copyright for the Creative Professional
Being a genius is the easy part. Getting paid for your work? That’s the challenge. We'll share insight on getting paid, keeping your rights, and other cool stuff. Panelists: Boone Dryden, David Walbridge, Rory Ni Coileain, Scott Lynch, Jorge Salgado-Reyes

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Oddities of Animal Transport
The animal kingdom is nothing if not creative. Explore the weird world of locomotion, from walking cacti to jet powered living fossils, with a panel of scientists and experts. Panelists: Brianne Bilyeu, Jim Tigwell, Siouxsie Wiles

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Space Elevators: How Realistic Are They?
We've talked about them for a long time, but can we actually build them? What are the challenges? Panelists: Tom Kastan (mod), Ryan Consell, Katie Dahl, Dan Berliner, Elle Kennedy Cadieux

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

Tales from the Motor Pool
Hear the stories of real life mech warriors who operated and maintained U.S. military land vehicles including Humvees, Strykers, Tracks and more. Will the depictions of army drivers & vehicles in your favorite fiction stack up to the real thing? Panelists: Kyle Dekker (mod), Perrin Klumpp, Michael Spaulding, Paula Merns, Jerry Keohen

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

9:30am

When I Was Your Age...
The issues and experiences of teens today aren't exactly the same as the adolescent experiences of authors publishing YA now. How can authors cross that generation gap, and what's still missing? Teens welcome to come provide input. Panelists: Melinda Layden (mod), Lana Wood Johnson, Susan Chang

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

9:30am

Cyborgs and Super Soldiers: The Psychology of Altered Bodies
Superhero stories are full of characters who've had some form of major change to their body and their relationship to it. Come find out what psychology knows about how people adapt to these kinds of changes, with MCU case studies and real-life corollaries Panelists: Lee Blauersouth

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

GPS Writing Contest Winners
Past winners of the annual GPS Writing Contests read from their winning work. This year's winners are announced. Panelists: Jody Wurl

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

Reading - Patrick S. Tomlinson and Michael R Underwood
Panelists: Michael R. Underwood, Patrick Tomlinson

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree 2201

9:30am

ChessWerks
Play chess with oversized pieces in the Garden Court. Panelists: ChessWerks

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30am - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

10:00am

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm

10:00am

10:00am

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

10:00am

Art Show
Quick sale available. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

10:00am

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

10:20am

Eureka Seven
Renton Thurston lives with his mechanic grandfather in a backwater town and dreams of joining the mercenary "Light Finding Operation." However, when an unexpected visit by the LFO leaves his home destroyed, he quickly realizes that behind the facade of a traveling group of mercenaries is a very bitter reality. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 10:20am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:00am

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

11:00am

Science Smorgasbord 1.0
Come join invited guests and expand your knowledge with an assortment of science-themed stations including bugs, Tiny Drawings with the Science Museum of Minnesota, creating straw rockets and planes, and more. Panelists: Monica Valentinelli

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

11:00am

Back from the Dead: D&D 5E
Of all the D&D incarnations over the years, have they finally gotten it right with Fifth Edition? Veterans of the D&D universe and newcomers alike are welcome to weigh in! Panelists: Ty Blauersouth, Jim Tigwell, Chris Severin, Kyle Dekker (mod), Cam Banks

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:00am

Best of YouTube
The best YouTube channels that you're not watching. Panelists: Dave Margosian, Jen Manna (mod), Luxander Pond, Anna Waltz

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

Best of YouTube: For Kids by Kids
Which YouTube channels are you and your friends watching all the time? Come share with other kids your favorite channels and learn some new ones to subscribe to. All ages welcome, but focus and priority on kids. Craig: added Karatina Larsen Panelists: Gawain Bitner, Katarina Larsen, Amanda Larsen

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

Big Data or Big Brother
Can Facebook predict who will become a criminal? Can we use Twitter to foretell the next election results? Does Target know you're pregnant before you do? What does Big Data truly know and what are the implications of that knowledge? Panelists: Desiree Schell (mod), Siouxsie Wiles, Vernon McIntosh, Jamie Bernstein, Jason Thibeault

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crowne Plaza U

11:00am

Dragon Age: To Tevinter and Beyond!
With the release of the Trespasser DLC, there's a lot to discuss about the future of the Dragon Age franchise and where the story might go next - and a lot of great moments to reminisce about, too. Spoilers will abound! Panelists: Beth Kinderman (mod), Alee Ellingsberg, Aaron Coker, Jaime O'Brien, Brittany Nickel

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

11:00am

JPL's Role in Making The Martian a Reality
When fictional astronaut Mark Watney becomes stranded alone on the Red Planet in the novel and film "The Martian," people and technology from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory play important roles in his castaway adventure. Panelists: Renate Fiora, Amy Shira Teitel

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

Our Favorite Board Games
What games are worth your time and money? We'll share recommendations and provide an introduction to board games for those just getting (back) into them. Panelists: Satish Jayaraj, Brianne Bilyeu, Peter Lane (mod), Ryan Placzkowski, Hertzey Hertz

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
What did you think of The Force Awakens? How does it compare to what's come before? Come discuss the latest Star Wars movie and the future of the Star Wars universe. Panelists: Allyson Cygan, Jeremy Stomberg, Zach Nyhus, Niles Schwartz, Michael Carus (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

Honey Month Project
Amal was given twenty-eight kinds of honey. She tasted each one and wrote The Honey Month. Elise was inspired to make a piece of art for each piece of writing. Watch Amal see the art pieces for the first time, and hear her discuss her writing. Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, Elise Matthesen

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Reading - Mark Oshiro
A reading by Guest of Honor Mark Oshiro Panelists: Mark Oshiro

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree 2201

11:00am

Signing - Christopher Jones
Panelists: Christopher Jones

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00am

Signing - Greg Weisman
Panelists: Greg Weisman

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

11:00am

Signing - Khary Payton
Panelists: Khary Payton

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

11:00am

LAN - Open Gaming
Missed yesterday morning's Open LAN time? Start your Friday right with any of the games on our PCs - CS:GO, TF2, Left 4 Dead 2 and others! Be warned: they who get there first sit at one of the newest computers! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

11:00am

Legendary
Deck Building Game set in the Marvel Comics Universe. Battle other players with heroes, villains, and if you’re strong enough, take on the Mastermind! Up to 6 players, ages 13+ Panelists: The Source (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

11:00am

Red Dragon Inn
Hey you, let's fight! Them's drinkin' words! Return to Red Dragon Inn where adventurers gather to drink, gamble and brawl when they get back from killing the monsters. Last one sober(ish) with money to spend wins! Up to 8 players, ages 13+. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

11:00am

Space Lounge: Sky Line Documentary
Come watch the 2015 documentary about building an elevator to space, with and post-movie Q & A with Director Miguel Drake-McLaughlin. (Limited seating - 2nd showing Saturday). Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

11:00am

Cinema Rex Movie 8
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

11:00am

MTG - Booster Draft: Shadows Over Innistrad
Still need an Arlinn Kord for your deck? Maybe you'll open one! Purchase your $15 event ticket at the Dreamers' Vault Games dealer booth, and be in 2206 at 11 AM. 3 rounds of play; prizes 1 pack per round won, with 3-0 getting an additional bonus pack. Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 3:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

11:00am

PFS - Daughters of Fury: Border Standings
The coincidental arrival of the mysterious half-orc Vegazi raises unsettling questions, and it's up to the heroes to make sense of these events and end the Hell's Fury tribe's threat to Arwyll Stead once and for all. Up to 5 players, ages 13+. Panelists: Jeffrey Reed (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding open. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

11:00am

PFS - Quests
Quests are a series of 1 hour adventures meant to take new players through their first experiences with the Pathfinder Society. Quests will be run throughout the day whenever players are available. Up to 6 players, ages 13+. Panelists: Keith Apperson (mod), Jason Rosauer (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - 11:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

11:00am

Reserved for Game Library
Every year, The Source brings a library of games to CONvergence - this table has been reserved for folks who would like to play games from that library. Please keep all games borrowed from The Source's library in 2205. Panelists: The Source (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00am - Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

11:30am

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30am - 12:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

12:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - 12:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

12:00pm

Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Justy Ueki Tylor enlists in the United Planets Space Force for a cushy pension, but when war breaks out with the Raalgon Empire, he quickly finds himself in command of the cruiser Soyokaze. His allies and enemies alike can only wonder - is he a genius or a complete fool? Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:00pm

Steam Century Scavenger Hunt Ballot Pickup - Friday
Pick up your blank ballots for the Steam Century Scavenger Hunt at the 22nd floor Front Desk starting noon-ish on Friday. Instructions available at the table, and completed ballots due Sunday by noon. Panelists: Red Ribbon Society (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree 2200 Lobby

12:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 12:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

12:30pm

Science Smorgasbord 2.0
Come join invited guests and expand your knowledge with an assortment of science-themed stations including bugs, Tiny Drawings with the Science Museum of Minnesota, creating straw rockets and planes, and more. Panelists: Monica Valentinelli

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30pm

Radio Play Auditions - Fr
Have you ever wanted to be in a radio play, performing beside a professional voice actor, playing one of your favorite characters? Now is your chance! We are holding auditions for a live performance at CONvergence! Panelists: Greg Weisman, Khary Payton, Christopher Jones

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Beyond Chess Club: Starting a Student Interest Group
There's more to forming a student club than just getting a faculty adviser. How do you find other students who share your interest? How do you decide on activities, service projects, events? How often should you meet? What makes a great club? Panelists: Renate Fiora, Lis Morton

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

12:30pm

Consider the Source
What changes did the movie make to your favorite book or comic that irritated you the most? Which changes were an improvement on the source? Panelists: Jon Durmin, Tim Lieder (mod), Jack Reher, Ann Laabs, Niles Schwartz

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

Learning From a Master
How do you pass on your mastery of a subject to the next generation? What are some ways for someone new to an art form learn it? These experts are already mentoring the next generation. Find out how. Panelists: Kelly McCullough, Roy C. Booth, Michael Shappe (mod), Daren Dochterman, Lynne M Thomas

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Resetting the Default
Diversity (or lack thereof) can be painful and messy. In movies, games, TV, etc., what are some successful examples of getting away from the default white male character? Panelists: Michi Trota, Tanya DePass (mod), Briana Lawrence, Jonathan Palmer, Trisha Lynn

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Risk of Going Nowhere
As a safety and headline driven nation, how will we explore dangerous, distant places that are inherently unsafe without losing the public will or disrespecting the lives of those who go? Panelists: Desiree Schell (mod), Sarah Prentice, Jim Tigwell, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Rebecca Watson

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Signing - Mark Oshiro
Panelists: Mark Oshiro

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30pm

Star Wars Databank Brawl
A live recording of Joseph Scrimshaw’s hit show from the podcast feed, FORCE CENTER! Weird Star Wars characters are picked from the official databank files of Star Wars dot com and made to fight for our amusement! Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw, Molly Glover, Jeremy Stomberg

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

What's with the Airships?
Why is steampunk so enamored with travel by airship, dirigible, or other heavier-than-air travel? A brief discussion of the history of airship travel and the prevalence of airships in steampunk, dieselpunk, and other retrofuture genres. Panelists: Boone Dryden, Christopher Baye (mod), Tyler Tork, Michael Carus

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

Candles Enough
Female filk and parody duo Panelists: Sarah Ravely, Kelly Reich

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

12:30pm

Extraordinary Physics of an Ordinary Day
Join Dr. Jim as he previews his next book, describing the physics underlying the technology surrounding us in our daily life, as you drive to the doctor, go through TSA security at the airport, give a business presentation and relax in your hotel room. Panelists: Jim Kakalios

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Reading - Jay Gallentine
Jay Gallentine reads from his works. Panelists: Jay Gallentine

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

12:30pm

Signing - Elizabeth Bear
Panelists: Elizabeth Bear

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30pm

Signing - William Leisner
Panelists: William Leisner

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

12:30pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
Kitsune (pronounced kit-soo-nay) are Japanese fox-spirits, known for tricking unwary mortals. In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. 8 players, ages 13+. Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

12:30pm

LAN - League of Legends Tournament
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday afternoon. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. **PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

12:30pm

Munchkin Tournament - Round 2
Tournament-flavor Munchkin - come get your card game on with CONvergence’s annual Munchkin Tourney. Tournament rules may be available at the front desk on 22, and will also be explained at each session. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

12:30pm

Zombicide: Black Plague
Zombie apocalypse, medieval times! Necromancers have unleashed a zombie invasion in the age of swords and sorcery, and it's up to your group of straggling survivors to survive and take back the realm and punish those responsible! 5 players, age 16+. Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

12:30pm

My Little Pony: Lost in Dragon Snot Falls
Queen Bee is fearful that her long-time friend may have gone missing near Dragon Snot Falls and requests adventurers such as yourself to help! Up to 7 players, ages 8 and up. Panelists: Jeremy Thigpen (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

12:30pm

PFS - Confirmation
Confirmation is typically an individual affair; the society discovered a site on the Isle of Kortos that would be perfect for initiates but is too dangerous to handle alone. Successfully complete your Confirmation as a Pathfinder. 5 players, age 13+ Panelists: Kris Spiesz (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

12:30pm

Steam Century Mystery
NEW Steam Century mystery: Play detective in an interactive crime-solving game set in a steampunk world. Follow clues around the convention and interact with costumed characters. Must start by 3:00, answers due 5:00, finale at 5:30. All are welcome! Panelists: Red Ribbon Society (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2207

12:30pm

Room Party Smash-Up!
"Room Party": play cards to give yourself the most memorable, most awesome room party at the con! "Smash-Up": battle icons of fandom and see who wins in an free-for-all! Join in! Learn and have fun with some of the best geeky party games in existence! Panelists: David Rust (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 12:30pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

1:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

1:00pm

Best of 2015 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Filmmakers from around Minnesota and the upper Midwest submitted short films of various geeky genres and styles. Come see some of Rex’s favorites. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

1:00pm

MTG - Standard Constructed
Bring your Standard deck, get your event ticket at the Dreamer's Vault Games booth, and see if your Bant Aggro can beat your buddy's Orzhov Control! 4 rounds of play, and at least two boosters for everyone - 4-0 gets 8 packs, 3-1 gets 4. Come get some! Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

1:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 1:30pm - 2:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

1:30pm

Umi Monogatari
Marin and her sister Urin leave their home in the sea for the first time to return a beautiful ring. Their encounter with the owner, a young girl living on an isolated island, awakens a hidden power as the world is threatened by an enveloping darkness. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 2:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

2:00pm

Pipecleaner Dragons
Amazing Soft Sculpture Artist Julie Bowman will be teaching all ages how to make wonderful creatures from the Flexible Master of Craft Materials...the Pipecleaner. Mosifications are also shown and it can get crazy from there. Panelists: Julie Bowman

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

2:00pm

Captain America: Civil War
The latest Marvel movie pits Avengers against Avengers. Let's talk about the politics and personalities behind the split, how well the film pulled it off, and how Civil War furthers Capt. America's storyline and fits in with the Marvel Universe as a whole Panelists: Christopher Jones, Aaron Coker (mod), Satish Jayaraj, Michael Shappe, Neil Anderson

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Journalism and Fandom
Sometimes reporting on the real world leads you into fandom, or vice versa. How does fandom and journalism intertwine for these panelists? How does reporting on fandoms support the community as well as their own interests? Panelists: Dave Romm (mod), Patrick Tomlinson, Jordan West, Scott Smith, Michael Damian Thomas

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

2:00pm

Moving Pictures, Moving Minds
How do indie filmmakers develop their artistic visions? What if you have something to say beyond telling a good story? Panelists: Jack Reher, Alex Musial, Matt Gamble, Kyle Dekker (mod), Ytasha Womack

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

Oh, The Humanity
Science fiction allows you to explore the human condition under sometimes extraordinary circumstances. How do these tropes bring out both the best and worst in people? What are some powerful examples of how this works? Panelists: Kelly Jo Ernst, Riley Davis, Caroline Symcox (mod), Anna Waltz

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Our Place in Space
What are the dreams and practicalities of colonizing space? How might humanity reach beyond our planet? We'll discuss the science of human spaceflight in reality and fiction. Panelists: Emily Finke, Ryan Consell, Nicole Gugliucci (mod), PZ Myers

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Playing Historical Fiction: History in Tabletop RPGs
A band of brothers off to take out Hitler; a fantasy realm like 15th century France; zombie apocalypse in the trenches of the World War I. Real history presents unique challenges to players and GMs alike. Where is your balance of reality and fiction? Panelists: Sarah Ravely, Bradford Walker, Cam Banks, Jess Banks (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

Pro Wrestling 101
Professional Wrestling is growing within geek culture. Pro Wrestling 101 seeks to give an overview of The Business in its current standing. Want to know what Kayfabe is? Want the skinny on story-lines and how feuds work? We are here for you. Panelists: Taylor Cisco, Jeremy Stomberg, Trisha Lynn (mod), Steve Bentley

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

What Can SF/F Learn from Hamilton?
Hamilton turns the five minutes you fell asleep during history class into everyone's favorite new musical. Is there anything that SF&F could take from it? Yeah, it's really just an excuse to have a panel about that Broadway musical. #Fans4Ham Panelists: Mark Oshiro, Ty Blauersouth, Windy Bowlsby, Amal El-Mohtar, Lee Blauersouth

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

2:00pm

What Else Do You Read?
What books outside the usual genres are you interested in reading? Does it affect the type of sci-fi and fantasy that you are drawn to? Panelists: Tim Lieder, Camille Griep, Paul Weimer, Naomi Kritzer, Jody Wurl (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Writing by Ear
Audio drama is a uniquely challenging and rewarding medium for the writer. Learn from experience at this panel of writers from Our Fair City and other audio dramas. Panelists: Jim McDoniel, Aimee Kuzenski, Patrick Marsh (mod), Emma Bull, Greg Weisman

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Beth Kinderman & the Player Characters
Filky geeky progressive rock band Panelists: Beth Kinderman, Dave Stagner, Elizabeth Greenberg, Justin Hartley

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

2:00pm

Reading - Amy Shira Teitel
A reading by Guest of Honor Amy Shira Teitel. Panelists: Amy Shira Teitel

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree 2201

2:00pm

Signing - Cynthia Booth
Panelists: Cynthia Booth

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

2:00pm

Signing - Jay Gallentine
Author Jay Gallentine signs his works. Panelists: Jay Gallentine

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

2:00pm

Signing - Roy C. Booth
Roy Booth will be available to sign his work. Panelists: Roy C. Booth

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

2:00pm

Guerrilla Costume Wars
Come watch two-person teams compete in a head-to head one-hour themed guerrilla challenge. The teams are each given the theme and a surprise grab bag and will have one hour to make the costume then show it off to win the title Guerrilla Costume Warrior. Panelists: Gregory de Danann

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

2:00pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip and the weirdest news stories. Up to 8 players, age 13+. Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table G

2:00pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
Kitsune (pronounced kit-soo-nay) are Japanese fox-spirits, known for tricking unwary mortals. In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. 8 players, ages 13+. Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

2:00pm

Time's Up!
Charades-based party game of famous historical or fictional characters for teams of two or more players. 8 players (4 teams of two each), ages 12+. Panelists: The Source

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2205 Table B

2:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 9
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

2:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 2:30pm - 3:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

3:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 3:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

3:00pm

Grave Robbers from Outer Space
A fast-paced, humorous look at B-rated science-fiction movies. Players create bad horror / sci-fi films using cards that represent characters, props, locations, creatures and special effects. The strongest characters in play when the credits roll win!! Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

3:00pm

MTG - Chaos Draft
Chaos reigns - draft using cards from *any* Magic set released in 15-card packs! Get your event ticket at Dreamers' Vault Games dealer booth - 3 rounds of play, 1 prize pack per round won; 3-0 gets 1 bonus booster pack. Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 3:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

3:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

3:30pm

Iron Pen
Stretch your creative muscles by writing a 100-word story based on a surprise prompt item. Entries will be judged during the weekend and the winners announced at the end of the convention. Panelists: Ann Roubik, Heather Bufkin

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

3:30pm

Costuming on a Budget
Costuming has the potential of becoming an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have break your budget. We will discuss where to get low-/no-cost materials, DIY, and tips and tricks for taking advantage of the network to barter and trade. Panelists: Amanda Jade, Erin Schneider (mod), Dorianne Jarchow, Leah Groess, Caitlin Knight

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

3:30pm

Don't Call them Sidekicks: The Enduring Power of Teenage Superheroes
They may have started out as sidekicks in the early days of comics, but now teenage superheroes are a genre onto themselves. From Young Justice to Teen Titans to the students of Xavier's school, let's look at why their stories are so compelling. Panelists: Christopher Jones, Khary Payton, Greg Weisman, Sylus Rademacher, Jessa Markert

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

3:30pm

Kids Cartoons vs Imperialism
Home, Steven Universe, Avatar the Last Airbender- the last years have seen kids shows taking in imperialism in ways we rarely see in adult media. Why? What's going well, and what's missing? Panelists: Melinda Layden (mod), Gabriela Santiago, Peter Larsen, Lee Blauersouth, Max Gladstone

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

3:30pm

Orphan Black
Come discuss the latest season of this exciting show! Panelists: Grace Ulak, Kiah Nelson, Josiah Mannion, Jody Wurl (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

3:30pm

Poetry in Fandom
What inspires these panelists to write poetry? What kind of market does it have? How does the Rhysling Award work? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Patrick Marsh (mod), Renate Fiora, Amal El-Mohtar

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

3:30pm

Soundtracks in Movies and TV
What are the best movie and TV soundtracks, from classic to current? What makes a soundtrack good? How well it fits the story? How objectively good the music is? A combination? Panelists: Scott Keever (mod), Michi Trota, Bryon Stump, Derek "Duck" Washington, Ansley Grams

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

3:30pm

Spaceships and Vehicles of the Star Wars Galaxy
Ever since the opening shot of Episode IV, vehicles have been a major part of the Star Wars Universe. Discuss what you love about the vehicles in a galaxy far, far away. Panelists: Zach Nyhus, Amy Fischer, Kyle Dekker (mod), Samantha Bitner, Daren Dochterman

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

3:30pm

Westerns in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
These days, the Western is the genre equivalent of peanut butter: not often served on its own, and yet it seems to go with just about everything. Why is the Western so appealing and adaptable, and what are the best examples of great Western fusion? Panelists: William Leisner, Camille Griep (mod), Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Bradford Walker, Eric Heideman

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

3:30pm

Tanya Brody
Traditional and original folk music on harp and guitar Panelists: Tanya Brody

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

3:30pm

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age
On Wonder Woman's 75th anniversary, award-winning playwright phillip low has created an adaptation of her earliest appearances! Come listen to a full-cast reading of William Moulton Marston's eccentric alchemy of war, myth, feminism, comedy, and kink. Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low, Joshua Scrimshaw, Dawn Krosnowski, Kelvin Hatle, Jen Scott, Jena Young

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

3:30pm

Reading - Roy C. Booth
Panelists: Roy C. Booth

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

3:30pm

Signing - Amy Shira Teitel
Amy Shira Teitel will available to sign her works. Panelists: Amy Shira Teitel

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

3:30pm

Signing - Tactical Pinup
Panelists: Tactical Pinup

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

3:30pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories. Up to 8 players, age 13+. Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table G

3:30pm

Colossal Arena (a/k/a Titan Arena)
You play as spectators, cheering and betting on the melee ongoing in a fantasy arena / Colosseum in which fantasy creatures are pitted against each other in battle - the player who finishes with the most money wins! 4 players, ages 16+. Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

3:30pm

LAN - Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The fourth game in the Counter-Strike franchise, this offering features revamped versions of classic maps, as well as several brand new maps, weapons, characters, and game modes, as well as cosmetic items like weapon skins (added post-release). Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

3:30pm

Michiko & Hatchin
Trapped in an abusive foster family, Hana fantasizes about the day when she will finally be whisked away by her own Prince Charming. She never expected her savior to be a violent convict on a stolen motorbike, who charges in claiming to be her mother. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 3:30pm - 5:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

4:00pm

Art of the Dress Orientation
If you have registered for the Art of the Dress Show, come line up and get last-minute tips for the show. Mandatory for Art of the Dress participants. Panelists: Gregory de Danann

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree MainStage Green Room

4:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 4:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

4:00pm

Assassin's Guild Weapon Practice and Qualifier
Join the AGMAA for weapons training & Opening Qualifier for Saturday's Tournament. Ages 14+ with parental consent. To Register Visit: http://www.assassins.celticmagicinc.com/2016-tournament/ Panelists: David Bianchi

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

4:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 10
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

4:00pm

Lost City of Barakus
Searching for 2 gem keys to unlock the Vault of Larin Karr, the party is also en route to stop a diabolical telescope from being built which will summon a host of devils to raze the land... A long-running CONvergence D&D 3.5 adventure! Ages 12+ welcome. Panelists: Burl Zorn (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 4:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table A

4:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 4:30pm - 5:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

5:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 5:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

5:00pm

Paper Rocket Races
Build your own paper rocket while learning about aerodynamics, then race to find the flaws in your design. Edit, update, and race again! Panelists: Beth Voigt, Topher Hunter

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

5:00pm

CONvergence Events Open Meeting
Get an update on the latest with the organization that runs CONvergence with members of the Convergence Events Board of Directors. Panelists: Margaret Eastman, Nadim Khalidi, Thomas Keeley, Ishmael Williams, Jonathan Palmer

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

5:00pm

Cutting the Cable Cord
Thousands are moving away from subscribing to cable every year. Subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu help bridge the gap, plus antennas are making a comeback. Will cable soon be obsolete? Panelists: William Leisner, Mark McPherson, Elizabeth Reynolds (mod), Lana Rosario, Adam Lueck

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

5:00pm

Libertarianism in Science Fiction
Heinlein, Orwell, Rand, or Smith, the pattern seems to be clear: how bright our future looks is inversely proportionate to how much government our species requires. Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low, Naomi Kritzer (mod), Jamie Riedesel, Bob Johnson, Jorge Salgado-Reyes

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

5:00pm

Marvel's Agent Carter
Agent Carter knows her worth and so do we! Let’s talk about second season. Panelists: Cetius d'Raven (mod), Allyson Cygan, Grace Ulak, Jordan West, Caroline Symcox

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

5:00pm

Nature of Science
Hollywood and other media are still giving us the same tropes of the lone, crazy scientist pursuing science to the destruction of all else. Why won't this trope die? How is science really done? Panelists: Siouxsie Wiles, Vernon McIntosh, Jim Kakalios, Laura Okagaki-Vraspir (mod), Nicole Gugliucci

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

5:00pm

One on One with Amy Shira Teitel
Panelists: Amy Shira Teitel, Jason Thibeault

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

5:00pm

Why Are We Still Whitewashing?
There are still too few roles written for people of color, despite plenty of great actors of various backgrounds. Even those written as POC are sometimes portrayed by white actors. Are the writers still mostly white? Is this changing? Why so slowly? Panelists: Elliott Wilcoxon (mod), Trisha Lynn, Rob Callahan, Derek "Duck" Washington, Ytasha Womack

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

5:00pm

Zombies, Run!
What better way to travel than on your own two feet (or wheels)? Run, walk, shamble, or roll your way through a zombie apocalypse in Six to Start's groundbreaking fitness app! Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Catherine McFerrin, Molly Glover, Peregrin Winkle

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

5:00pm

Nemesissy
Rock & roll/post punk for sci fi geeks Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

5:00pm

Vermin Update
After last year's successful Kickstarter, Vermin has been produced and you can get your first look at the finished product! Show creators and puppeteers will be on hand to talk about the process and some of the next steps. Panelists: Gordon Smuder, Tim Wick, Jennifer Menken

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

5:00pm

Reading - Amal El-Mohtar
A reading by Guest of Honor Amal El-Mohtar Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree 2201

5:00pm

Signing - Joan Marie Verba
Panelists: Joan Marie Verba

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

5:00pm

Signing - Kelly McCullough
Panelists: Kelly McCullough

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

5:00pm

Imposter Syndrome Workshop
Impostor Syndrome has been described as the feeling that you aren’t really qualified for the work you are doing and will be discovered as a fraud. This workshop is aimed at helping attendees overcome Impostor Syndrome. Panelists: Crystal Huff

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Crowne Plaza U

5:00pm

Legendary
Deck Building Game set in the Marvel Comics Universe. Battle other players with heroes, villains, and if you’re strong enough, take on the Mastermind! 4 players, ages 18+ Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table F

5:00pm

Art of the Dress Costume and Couture Show / Cirque du Voyagé
Come one come all, travel over to the Mainstage and witness performers of amazing feats! From bellydance of various flavors, to our balancing acrobats; a beautiful siren songstress, some special new high flying guests, and so much more to delight! A little something for everyone- so by robot, Catbus, or TARDIS- please come join us for a trip to the Circus! Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

5:00pm

Slash
Slash - a card game where players make the best romantic pairings between cultural icon the “matchmaker” selects and one from their hand. 8 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Chas Swedberg (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table G

5:00pm

DoomBox - The Super Hero Job
Hunters and huntresses replying to a posting for the opening of a new children's hospital have been asked to dress as super heroes... It seems like a pretty simple job ... until something starts moving by the mountain outside town... 6 players, ages 13+. Panelists: Katie Dahl (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

5:00pm

LAN - Team Fortress 2 (TF2) Tournament
Tournament time!! Bring your best 9-player team - All their base will belong to YOU! Game modes include CTF, Payload, Control Point, King of the Hill, and Man vs. Machine. Winners go home with prize ribbons! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

5:00pm

Terran Revenge Fleet
Earth needs YOU to hunt down and take revenge for what they did to our homeworld! Become a Marine, go to strange, exotic worlds aaaaaaand basically kill everything that moves. 10 players, age 13+. Panelists: Robert "Ski" Cudinski (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

5:00pm

MTG - Modern Constructed
Blow the dust off your Modern deck, get an $8 event ticket at Dreamer's Vault Games dealer booth, and venture up to 22 for a little Modern fun! This gets you 4 rounds of play with prizes for all - 8 packs for 4-0, 4 for 3-1, 2 for all others. Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

5:00pm

PFS - Sun Orchid Scheme
After his shipments of sun orchid elixir vanished without a trace two years in a row, the ruler of Pashow is desperate to ensure that his next delivery goes off without a hitch. Pashow has hired your team to test a convoy's defenses. 5 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Brett Indrelee (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

5:00pm

PFS - The Overflow Archives
Soon after a pair of initiates sneaks into the archive and steals a few items on a dare, the Overflow Archives inexplicably spring a leak. Investigate this phenomenon, and stop it, before priceless artifacts are ruined forever. 5 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Jeffrey Reed (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:00pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

5:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 5:30pm - 6:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

5:30pm

Expelled From Paradise
After the Nano Hazard, humanity evacuated to space by digitizing their minds within space station DEVA. One day, a hacker originating from Earth called Frontier Setter infiltrates DEVA's mainframe. Agent Angela Balzac, in a prosthetic body, teams up with Earth native Dingo to track the hacker across the wasteland. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 5:30pm - 7:20pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

6:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 6:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

6:00pm

Masquerade Orientation I
If you have registered for the Masquerade, come and get last-minute information about the tech rehearsals, judging, and the show. Masquerade participants must attend one of the orientation sessions. Panelists: Gregory de Danann

Friday July 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree MainStage Green Room

6:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 6:30pm - 7:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

6:30pm

worldoffood
Bass-heavy progressive electronic rock Panelists: Evan Travis

Friday July 1, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

6:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie 11
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

7:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 7:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

7:00pm

Drawing with the Masters
Join our Master of Illustration, Christopher Jones, and learn tips and tricks for drawing characters and other illustration features. Whether you like pencils, pens, markers or more, build on your skills with this fun hour. Guest Moderator, Greg Weisman. Panelists: Greg Weisman, Ruth Thompson, Christopher Jones

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

7:00pm

Exploring Neurodiversity: The New Frontier
Fact: human brains vary widely. Theory: this fact is totally okay. Join us in exploring the variations in the human mind and how "disorders" may just be differences. Panelists: Sarah Ravely, Olivia James, Richard Wielgosz, Emilie Peck, Jess Banks (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

7:00pm

Friends of Bill W
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

7:00pm

How I Got Here
We ask our Guests of Honor what got them interested in what they do and the stories of their first love in genre. Panelists: Mark Oshiro, Cam Banks, Daren Dochterman, Ytasha Womack, Khary Payton

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

7:00pm

Mercury 13
Thirteen American women, narrowed down from 25, passed the same physical & psychological tests that determined the original Mercury 7 astronauts. However, astronaut training did not follow. Hear the story of these Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLATs). Panelists: Nicole Gugliucci, Amy Shira Teitel

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

7:00pm

Positive Disability
Let's talk about good examples of disability and disability culture in SF&F, such as the character with a hearing impairment in Dr. Who. Does not talking about it make it mainstream? Not a big deal anymore? Panelists: Vetnita Anderson (mod), Josie Browning, Lee Blauersouth, Michael Damian Thomas, Lynne M Thomas

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

7:00pm

Rise of Dark Fantasy
Fans of dark fantasy have more choices than ever on TV: Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Grimm, Sleepy Hollow, and the list goes on. Why the trend, and will it continue? Panelists: Cetius d'Raven, Jessica Walsh, Patrick Marsh (mod), Jody Wurl

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

7:00pm

Supergirl
How well does this show riff off of the DC Universe? What do you think about the characters? How often does it pass the Bechdel test? Panelists: Caroline Symcox (mod), Kavin Senapathy, Dana Baird, Kevin Eldridge, Anne Fry

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

7:00pm

Campaign Convergence: Presidential Debate
Come watch, listen, and heckle this year's evil presidential candidates as they attempt to bully, bribe, and bluster their way to the presidency. Afterwards, cast your vote in the Campaign Convergence party room. Vote early, vote often. Panelists: Genevieve Woodward, Ken Merriman, Chris Whiting, Brian LaBounty

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

7:00pm

Joseph Scrimshaw Versus Reality
Join comedian and guest of honor Joseph Scrimshaw (RiffTrax, Obsessed Podcast) for an hour of “geek-flavored” stand-up comedy about coping with the 21st century. Thrill to tales of haunted iPhones, bizarre YouTube comments, and getting life advice from a box of frozen pizza. Panelists: Joseph Scrimshaw

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

7:00pm

Judging a Book by Its Cover
Two competing teams of "experts" tell you the plot of a book, based only upon the cover art they see on the screen. Panelists: Melissa Kaercher, Tim Wick (mod), Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Dawn Krosnowski, Jerry Belich

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

7:00pm

Red Flags
A card game where players pick qualities that would make a perfect date for the “single” player. Then an opponent brings up the “red flag.” She “loves to cuddle” and is an “astronaut” but what if they “bring dad to the date?” 8 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Chas Swedberg (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table G

7:00pm

Road Kill Rally
Gentlemen, start your engines! Pedestrians, watch your @$$es! Race across the country in your weaponized roadster, lighting up your opponents and scoring points by killing pedestrians. It’s all about the size of your gun and the speed of your ride! Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

7:00pm

Space Lounge: Teens Only
Ages 13-20. Make smoothies, DJ, or just have all the awesomeness of Space Lounge for your teen-self and friends during this Teen/Space-Lounge cooperative event! No alcohol will be allowed into the room. No non-teens other than staff allowed into the room. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

7:00pm

Munchkin Tournament - Round 3
Tournament-flavor Munchkin - come get your card game on with CONvergence’s annual Munchkin Tourney, run by our Steve Jackson Games rep. Tournament rules may be available at the front desk on 22, and will also be explained at each session. Panelists: Andy Mullin (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2201

7:00pm

MTG - Booster Draft: Shadows Over Innistrad
Has Westvale Abbey eluded you? Come see if you can open one! Get your event ticket at the Dreamer's Vault Games dealer booth - $15 gets you 3 rounds of play with prizes of 1 pack per round won. Anyone going 3-0 gets an additional prize pack. Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree 2206 Table A

7:00pm

Open Use
Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 7:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

7:20pm

Free! Eternal Summer
Old rivalries resurface in the Iwatobi Swim Club as Haruka, Makoto and Rin begin their last year of high school and are faced with life after graduation. Will the team make it out stronger than before or sink under pressure? Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 7:20pm - 9:20pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

7:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 7:30pm - 8:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

8:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 8:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

8:00pm

The Not-So-Silent Planet: A Speculative Open-Mic
Have you ever imagined a world whose laws of physics differ from our own? Welcome to the Twin Cities’ first open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction! Sign up for 5-7 minutes and tell us about a place of which we’ve never dreamt. Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

8:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 12
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

8:00pm

Steam Century Scavenger Hunt
Have fun at participating party rooms Friday and Saturday evenings AND be rewarded for it. Ballots and instructions available on the 22nd floor beginning noon-ish Friday. Return completed ballots to 22nd floor by Sunday Noon to claim your prize! Panelists: Red Ribbon Society (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00am
DoubleTree 2200 Lobby

8:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

8:30pm

Science and Art of Bioluminescence
Draw your masterpiece in glowing bacteria! Participants will have the opportunity to create an artwork using glowing bacteria on a petridish. We will then take a photograph of the resulting artwork for participants to download from Flickr. Panelists: Siouxsie Wiles

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

8:30pm

Art Show Meetup
Join us for a meet and greet at the Art Show. Gather outside the art show and then we will tour the Art Show as we put faces to the art. Stick around afterwards in the Art Show coat check area for some refreshments and conversation. All are welcome. Panelists: Christine Mitzuk

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 5

8:30pm

Trivia
Hosting a sci-fi/fantasy travel themed trivia event. There will be candy and prizes! Panelists: Alicia Beck (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

8:30pm

Cosplay Remix
Steampunk Superman. Jedi Disney Princesses. What happens when we move past trying to just imitate a character's look and start reimagining it? Panelists: Graham Barr, Bess Stuvenoxend, Melissa Sowers, Maggie Schultz (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

8:30pm

Debunking Gaming Myths
Do games make you more violent? Is gaming inherently damaging or a waste of time? We'll discuss the truth (or lack thereof) behind common myths about gaming and gamers, including what studies have shown and what they have not. Panelists: Tactical Pinup (mod), David Rust, Ross Conklin, Luxander Pond, Anna Besmann

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

8:30pm

Hell Hath No Fury: Ways to Motivate, Impede, and Change Female Characters
Women's sexuality has been used as backstory for far too long. We'll talk about other ways to flesh out female characters, realistic portrayals of trauma, and the variety of motivations for women, with examples from Furiosa, Jessica Jones, and more. Panelists: Chrysoula Tzavelas, Cassandra Phoenix, Amanda Marcotte, Amal El-Mohtar, Rebecca Watson

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

8:30pm

Media for the Road
What are the best books, audio dramas, and podcasts for road trips or plane rides? Come share your favorites and stock up on ideas for your next big trip. Panelists: Adam J. Whitlatch, Lee Harris (mod), Ben San Del, Skazka 9000, Jerry Stearns

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

8:30pm

Occupation Impossible: Stationmaster of an Interstellar Space Station
Lousy drivers in the docks, voracious vermin, and automated systems eating the cargo are just some of the fun events faced by stationmasters on interstellar space stations. What characteristics are needed for this job? Who would be crazy enough to want it Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Katie Dahl, Michael Shappe (mod), Kathryn Sullivan

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

8:30pm

Tech in the Classroom
As we move further into the future, we and our children are becoming comfortable with more and more technology. How is this tech being folded into the classroom experience? Is it enhancing education? Is it forcing our society to lose vital skills? Panelists: Taylor Cisco, Renate Fiora, Dan Berliner, Sean Casey, Peter Larsen (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

8:30pm

Why Diversity Needs to be Deeper than Marketing
Lots of things (RPGs, books, movies, etc.) are being sold for their diversity of representation. But if the same old powers-that-be turn diversity into another marketing gimmick, then it will fail. Let's discuss why we need diverse creators and more. Panelists: Jonathan Palmer, Kate Norlander, Trisha Lynn (mod), Dirk Ykema, Greg Weisman

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

8:30pm

Yes, It’s Impractical, But It Looks Cool
So many gadgets, set pieces, and art design decisions in film and TV seem to have no purpose beyond looking cool (windows in submarines?!). Let's discuss examples of form completely overriding function in fiction. When does it work and when does it fail? Panelists: Topher Hunter (mod), Celia Yost, Ryan Consell, Daren Dochterman, Christopher Jones

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

8:30pm

PowerPoint Karaoke
Four "experts" each give a PowerPoint presentation... but they have never seen the slides before, and the slides make no sense! Panelists: C. Robert Cargill, Molly Glover, Sharon Stiteler, Tim Uren, Barb Abney, Tim Wick, Paul Cornell, Joseph Scrimshaw, Melissa Kaercher, Bill Stiteler (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

8:30pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories. Up to 12 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

8:30pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
Kitsune (pronounced kit-soo-nay) are Japanese fox-spirits, known for tricking unwary mortals. In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. 8 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

8:30pm

LAN - Left 4 Dead 2
Award winning zombie co-op action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns. Complete with asymmetrical versus mode, fun for all! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree 2208

8:30pm

Feng Shui 2
CONvergence Guest of Honor Cam Banks runs Feng Shui 2! Panelists: Cam Banks (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 10:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table B

8:30pm

2016 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival
Since 2008, the Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival has been bringing you the best in genre short films produced by filmmakers around the midwestern USA and Canada. VOTE for your favorite films in the Audience Choice Awards! Panelists: Troy LaFaye

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

8:30pm

Firefly Board Game
Start with a captain and a ship, hire and equip a crew, travel the 'Verse to complete jobs and get paid while avoiding Reavers, Alliance patrols and rival captains who may be pirates. 4 players, age 13+ Panelists: Stan Carlson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 8:30pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table A

9:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - 9:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

9:00pm

MTG - Standard Constructed
Bring your Standard-legal deck and an event ticket from Dreamer's Vault Games dealer booth up to 22 to get in on the fun! $8 gets you 4 rounds of play - prizes for all! 8 packs for 4-0; 4 packs for 3-1, and 2 packs for everyone else! Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00am
DoubleTree 2206 Table B

9:00pm

Space Lounge
Visit the best transit station lounge in space and enjoy your layover. Social hosts are available to help you select appropriate smoothie refreshment between stops, double-check arrivals and departures, or direct you to your next departure point. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree Veranda 8

9:20pm

Space Dandy
With the help of his sidekicks, the robot vacuum QT and cat-like alien Meow, and his slightly-used ship the Aloha Oe, Dandy roams the galaxy searching for new alien species. What he usually finds, however, is adventure, danger, and romance, and no two journeys (or universes) are ever the same. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 9:20pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30pm - 10:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

9:30pm

Bad September
The Midwest's greatest steampunk rock band! Panelists: John Heimbuch, Marc Gutman, Keith Prusak, Elizabeth Borchert, Michael Borchert, Charles Borchert

Friday July 1, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

10:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 10:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

10:00pm

Consent Culture in Steven Universe
A discussion of the concept of consent culture, the idea that interpersonal relations of an intimate nature (ahem, "fusion") should always be approached with the express ongoing consent of all parties, within "Steven Universe". Mature subject matter. Panelists: Jason Thibeault, Benny Vimes, Amal El-Mohtar, Violet --

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

10:00pm

Healthy Relationships in the Geek Community
We believe geek relationships are the best ones, but they will fail without some important philosophies. Discuss friendships to romance, the spectrum of possibilities therein, and the importance of concepts like honesty, openness, and acceptance. Panelists: Dorianne Jarchow, George Miller (mod), Kerry Peterson

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00pm

Heinlein's Predictions and Inventions
He wrote books, TV, and even movies, and along the way, he had to invent lots of solutions and modern technology. In more than a few cases, he predicted the future. His ideas included a waterbed design, camelbak canteens, and much of modern politics. Panelists: Sarah Richards, Ross Conklin, Michael Carus

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

10:00pm

Race and Star Trek, Then and Now
The promise of an Earth without racism has always been an important part of Star Trek. Let's discuss how the civil rights struggles of the past affected this show, and how the civil rights struggles of the present should affect the new series in 2017. Panelists: K Tempest Bradford (mod), Gabriela Santiago, Gregory Parks, Hal Bichel

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

10:00pm

Urban Fantasy Year in Review
What's new in urban fantasy? Which books or series are your favorites and why do you find them so appealing? Which ones are not worth the time? Panelists: Lana Rosario, Melissa Olson

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

10:00pm

What Does It Sound Like Inside a Computer?
What does it sound like where no person has ever been? What does warp speed sound like? How about hyperspace? Come explore the mysteries of sound. Panelists: Dave Erwin, Jerry Stearns

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

10:00pm

Who's Driving This Thing Anyway?
Whether it's an AI, a sentient ship, or Seaman Jones at the helm, someone who isn't the main character is behind the wheel. Discussion centering around the types and problems of autopilots, AI, and crew that handle the ship while the main characters act. Panelists: Simon Bitdiddle, Christopher Baye (mod), Tyler Tork

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

10:00pm

Vilification Tennis
Vilification Tennis is a structured improvisational show where competitors engage in a battle of insults. The show is never the same because the competitors keep changing and the material is constantly evolving. We feel that there is humor inherent even in the most taboo subjects and we are, therefore, willing to make fun of things that most people would think aren’t the least bit funny. Like your mom. Beware- this show is not for those with delicate sensibilities. Panelists: Tim Wick

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Main Stage

10:00pm

Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome Live Podcast
The ladies of the XCPD podcast will be recording live with a special guest, lavishing our adoration on the movies we love so much. (Sobriety optional.) Panelists: Greg Weisman, Melissa Kaercher, Windy Bowlsby

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

10:00pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories. 12 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

10:00pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
Kitsune (pronounced kit-soo-nay) are Japanese fox-spirits, known for tricking unwary mortals. In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. 8 players, age 13+ Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

10:00pm

LAN - Five Nights at Freddy's
All three installments of this cult indie-horror game hit - can you survive five nights as a security guard in Freddy Fazbear's Pizza? Elude the animatronics, keep your wits, and you might leave alive. NOT for kids! Ribbons awarded for surviving! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

10:00pm

Sandbox After Dark: Sexperiments
Science is messy, sex is dirty, but we are doing this for posterity. Come use the experimental method to explore sex with 3 hands-on activities designed to test knowledge, engage sexual selection, and draw out laughs along the way. 18+ Bring ID. Panelists: Jezabel Starfox

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

10:00pm

Cinema Rex Movie 13
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! (this showing is captioned) Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

10:00pm

21+ Magic: the Gathering
WTFs (women/trans/femmes) playing Magic the Gathering casually, by the rules mostly, while responsibly enjoying adult beverages; opportunities for non-standard deck builds/scenarios, and supportive/fun place for newbs. No dude-bros, please! Panelists: Tara Jenson (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2201

10:00pm

Cards Against Humanity
This is the foul-mouthed, inappropriate, slightly-crazed, biker-gang brother of that classic party favorite, Apples to Apples. Bring your ID, your *wrong*, and your sense of humor – you’ll need all of them! ID and Adult CONvergence badge required. Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2202

10:00pm

Fiasco!
Do you like movies with convoluted plots, betrayal, redemption, insanity and jealousy all rolled into a ball of misanthropy and murder? Welcome to Fiasco, the storytelling game about people with strong desires and weak self control. 18+, ID Req'd Panelists: Lauren Sindt (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

10:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 10:30pm - 11:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

11:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00pm - 11:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

11:00pm

Nerdlesque!
Nerdlesque - pop culture, nerd inspired burlesque Panelists: Mona Montague, Opiumm Hayze, Ivory Clover, Holliedazzle, Tre da Marc, Luna Rouge, Anjela, Apollo Hawthorne

Friday July 1, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

11:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:25am
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

11:30pm

Late Night Music Circle
A late night gathering of musicians where you can sing, play or just listen. Panelists: Dave Stagner

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:30pm

Fanboy Bebop
All Keanu and Ash wanted was to have a good time at ASUX (the largest anime convention in the known universe). If they knew the fate of the con would end up in their hands, they probably would've stayed home. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:30pm

Archer
The latest seasons of Archer have taken us through many changes, from the demise of ISIS to the creation of The Figgis Agency in Hollywood. Say goodbye to safe spaces and join us in the Danger Zone to talk about all things Archer. Sploosh! Panelists: Michael Zecca (mod), Hertzey Hertz, Stephen Nemer

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 4

11:30pm

Homoeroticism or Misogyny?
You've seen the show, there's two guys, their female love interests have needs and storylines that get pushed aside, because they care about each other that much, that's what the show is about! Is it exploring masculine love? Or just excluding women? Panelists: Elise Matthesen, Cassandra Phoenix, Jordan West (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

11:30pm

Ingress Strategy
Successful players share their tips and tricks for this popular mobile game. Panelists: Benny Vimes, Renate Fiora (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:30pm

iZombie Fan Panel
How often do we get a story where the zombie is the hero? Let's talk about the first two seasons and what we hope for and expect from the third season, especially with Vaughn dead and the introduction of Vivian Stoll as a new nemesis for Liv and friends. Panelists: Grace Ulak, Kevin Eldridge, Damarra Atkins (mod), Kiah Nelson

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:30pm

Pun-El
Once again, the English language (and a few others) gets pun-ched, pun-ked, and pun-ji'd without fear of flying fruit! The Pun-El returns. Speech class was never like this! Panelists: Katie Dahl, Kyle Dekker, Margaret Eastman, Edward Eastman, Brian LaBounty

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:30pm

Slash Panel
Do you enjoy talking about same-sex shipping? You're in luck! It's the annual panel brought to you by the "Now Kiss!" meme. Let's discuss the State of the Slash Union 2016. (This panel is 18+; we're gonna talk about the fan fiction with the porn.) Panelists: Bess Stuvenoxend, Skazka 9000, Brittany Nickel, Jo Thrace, Kes

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Edina

11:30pm

Trolling, Trolling, Trolling
How can you deal with trolling in real life? How do you manage the conversation? What is the community's response? What does a "safe space" mean? Panelists: Jen Manna, Simon Bitdiddle, Hal Bichel (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:30pm

Killer B's Improv Movie Show
The Killer B's show is film, improv comedy, and live music rolled together into a burrito of joy. As clips of strange movies play onscreen, a team of voice actors and musicians create a whole new soundtrack...without ever seeing the movies before! Panelists: Kirsten Wade, Joseph Scrimshaw, Melissa Kaercher, Jerry Belich, Kelvin Hatle, Molly Glover, Tim Uren, Scott Keever

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:30pm

LAN - Late Night Gaming
Late-night adults-only hours for LAN - bring your friends up to 22 for a game against your 18+ friends! Room is open as late as the LAN crew can put up with your shenanigans, or 2:00 AM, whichever comes first! Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00am
DoubleTree 2208

11:30pm

Nux vs. Interceptor
If these two cars were represented musically and were to clash in a head-on, all-out battle- who would come out on top? You, of course, because you'd get to dance to some of the faster and more aggressive audio escapades that we have to offer. We'll keep you topped off with guzzoline as we spend an evening focusing on industrial, hard electro, trance, and whatever the man with the flaming guitar decides we should play. Panelists:

Friday July 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday July 2, 2016 5:30am
DoubleTree Main Stage

12:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

12:00am

Cinema Rex Movie 14
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am - 2:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00am

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am - 6:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00am

Consuite
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Consuite

12:00am

Smokers Paradise
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Smokers Tent

12:00am

The Bridge
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Shipside

12:30am

Blassreiter
Demoniacs, mindless creatures mysteriously born from human corpses, have Germany under siege. A task force is formed to combat the threat, and are shocked to discover new, thinking Demoniacs developing from living humans. The Blassreiter rises above these other Demoniacs, capable of saving the world or destroying it. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30am - 2:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

2:00am

Cinema Rex Movie 15
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00am - 4:00am
DoubleTree Plaza 4
 
Saturday, July 2
 

7:00am

Super Dimension Century Orguss
In the year 2062, the world's two superpowers are fighting a long and brutal war. Pilot Kei Katsuragi is given the mission to detonate a super weapon called the Space/Time Oscillation Bomb, and the results are completely unexpected: a multitude of dimensions, times, and realities are unleashed into the world. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 7:00am - 9:00am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:00am

Masquerade Orientation II
If you have registered for the Masquerade, come and get last-minute information about the tech rehearsals, judging, and the show. Masquerade participants must attend one of the orientation sessions. Panelists: Gregory de Danann

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
DoubleTree MainStage Green Room

9:00am

Unico in the Island of Magic
The wizard Kukuruku builds a castle using dolls transformed from men as building parts. To help a girl named Cherry recover the kindness in her brother, who is a student of Kukuruku, the adorable unicorn Unico must do battle with the wizard. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 1

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southeast

9:00am

Registration
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 2

9:00am

Volunteers Table
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:00pm
DoubleTree CONvergence Central Vol Table

9:00am

Open Use
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Garden Court - Northwest

9:00am

Programming Operations
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 5

9:30am

Play With Rockets (Safely)
Explore rockets using safe physical and chemical reactions! Make little rockets with just water and Alka-seltzer, and see the famous "Coke and Mentos" demonstration. Learn more about how rockets get us where we want to go. Safe and fun for all ages. Panelists: Nicole Gugliucci

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 2

9:30am

Are Any Myths Sacred?
Disney is known for rewriting classic literature in their trademark vanilla style, turning age-old stories into products they can sue over. Now they are even rewriting their own stories. How far can Disney-style recycling go? Are any myths out of reach? Panelists: William Leisner, Jim McDoniel, Alex Bledsoe, Josiah Mannion, Michael Damian Thomas (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 7

9:30am

Building Worlds for Fiction
Building a comprehensive world, whether it is for a novel, comic, or serial can be a huge challenge. Join the panelists as they discuss tools, strategies, and both successes and failures in world-building. Panelists: J.M. Lee, Melissa Olson, Michael Carus (mod), Greg Weisman, Lynne M Thomas

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 1

9:30am

Buying Cover Art
Where do you look? How do you find an artist if you're self-publishing? What do the big houses do? What do you need to know? Panelists: Brea Behn, Joan Marie Verba, Aimee Kuzenski, Patrick Marsh (mod), Chrysoula Tzavelas

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Edina

9:30am

History of American Anime Fandom
Today anime is hotter than ever, but what did fans do years ago before the Internet made it so accessible? Learn about fansubs, the hentai wars, and the "original senpais" of the early age. Panelists: Peter Lane, Ty Blauersouth (mod), Anna Waltz

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 3

9:30am

Road Tripping the Light Fantastic (Fandom Travel in the Internet Age)
Remember when we all would get in the car, drive for hours to get to a con? Neither do many others. Is this dying out as cons get more common and community-forming goes more online? Or is there still room for the long drive to mingle with your tribe? Panelists: Brianne Bilyeu, Michael Shappe

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 2

9:30am

Time Travel in Literature
Many books include time travel, some more successfully than others. How does time travel affect plot lines and history in different ways in different books? What are some of the more creative uses of time travel and ways around the paradoxes? Panelists: Paul Weimer, phillip andrew bennett low, Scott Jamison (mod), Jim Tigwell, Tyler Tork

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 3

9:30am

Where’s My Jetpack?
Flying Cars? Hoverboards? We’ll look at the predictions for transportation in the past and how they have played out in the present. Plus we'll look to the exciting near future of getting around. Panelists: Tom Kastan, Ryan Consell, Topher Hunter, Desiree Schell (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Bloomington

9:30am

Why YA?
What's makes a novel YA? Catcher in the Rye, A Clockwork Orange, and Stephen King's Carrie all feature teen protagonists and are no more violent than Hunger Games, Twilight or Harry Potter, yet only the latter are considered YA. Why? Panelists: Olivia James, Meredith Gillies, Sean Casey, Laura Zats

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Atrium 6

9:30am

Reading - Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh
Panelists: Briana Lawrence, Jessica Walsh

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree 2201

9:30am

Signing - Adam J Whitlatch
Panelists: Adam J. Whitlatch

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

9:30am

Signing - Camille Griep
Panelists: Camille Griep

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

9:30am

Signing - Jack Reher
Panelists: Jack Reher

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

9:30am

Cinema Rex Movie 16
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 11:30am
DoubleTree Plaza 4

9:30am

U of M Raptor Center
See live raptors such as owls, hawks, and falcons, and learn about them through a variety of hands-on props and activities. Panelists: Alison Falldin, Kelsey Griffin

Saturday July 2, 2016 9:30am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

10:00am

Blood Drive
Free Red Cross lunch coolers and badge ribbons for donors while supplies last. Sign up in rooms 107 and 108 (USS Nokomis/WDF) Thurs. or Fri. evening or at www.redcrossblood.org. Donors will be greeted in the main lobby, then sent out to the bloodmobile. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Outdoors

10:00am

Art Show
Quick sale available. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 6

10:00am

Artists Alley
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm

10:00am

10:00am

Dealers Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Bloomington Ballroom

10:00am

CVG Teen Room
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Lobby Conference Room

10:00am

Volunteers Den
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 117

10:30am

Getbackers
Mido Ban and Amano Ginji are known as the Get Backers, retrievers with a success rate of 100%. Whatever is lost or stolen, they can definitely get it back, but few people actually want to hire them. As a result, the pair of them tend to do dangerous jobs. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

11:00am

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 11:55am
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

11:00am

MLP Pony Tails
Put a little swish in your step with a My Little Pony yarn tail to go on your belt! Tails can vary from one color to a full rainbow. Once the main tail is put together, we'll spend the rest of the time embellishing to make them our own! Great for all ages Panelists: Jem Jensen

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

11:00am

Comedy Writing: How to Be Funnier
Want to write the funny? Come and learn the techniques and tools for writing jokes, scripts, and books. We might even have a few laughs. It's as simple as one, two, badger. Panelists: Dave Walbridge

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Crowne Plaza U

11:00am

D&D's Many Flaws
Possibly the most widely played RPG, D&D has some mighty flaws built into its design and play. It's complicated, based in an odd mixture of myths, and AC makes no sense whatsoever. Can the flaws be overcome by good players? Panelists: Pedro Rodriguez, Cetius d'Raven (mod), Bob Johnson, Scott Lynch, Cam Banks

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

11:00am

Humans vs. Robots: Who Will Travel the Solar System?
Human spaceflight captures the imagination like nothing else, but robotic probes have explored the Solar System with relative ease. We'll weigh the costs and benefits of sending humans to other planets versus sending our robotic proxies. Panelists: Jim Tigwell, Amy Shira Teitel, Desiree Schell (mod), Nicole Gugliucci, Jason Thibeault

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

11:00am

It Takes a Village Moving at 80% the Speed of Light
How will parenting change aboard your generational colony ship? The values you impart will determine the success or failure of the ship and how society develops once you arrive. What parts of Earth’s culture will you jettison? Panelists: Cassandra Phoenix, Topher Hunter, Kavin Senapathy

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

11:00am

Moving at the Speed of Plot
When you’re world building, how do the choices you make, such as setting, affect the decisions you make later about plot? Has your world inspired your plot more than your plot has inspired your world? Panelists: Jean-Marie Sobeck, Michael May (mod), Dana Baird, Jack Reher, Kelly McCullough

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

11:00am

Remembering the Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth" is full of word play you may not have caught when you read it as a child. Let's discuss the book through an adult's eyes. Panelists: Lis Morton, David Schwartz, Joel Arnold, Paul Weimer, Lyda Morehouse (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

11:00am

Signing - Jorge Salgado-Reyes
Panelists: Jorge Salgado-Reyes

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

11:00am

Token for Your Thoughts
There's a fine line between diverse representation and tokenism, but where is that line? The panel discusses how to make inclusion of non-white/non-male characters substantive, and whether highlighting diversity bolsters or undermines the effort. Panelists: Tanya DePass, Jonathan Palmer, Mark Oshiro, Ytasha Womack, Rob Callahan (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

11:00am

Vehicle Design
Do you think a TIE fighter is an effective spaceship? Discuss both practical and impractical designs you have seen in science fiction. Panelists: Alexander Taylor, Katie Dahl, Rebecca Barney, Daren Dochterman

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

11:00am

Why We Need Representation in Superheroes
Heroes come in every size, every shape, and every color. From Jubilee, Black Widow, and Ms. Marvel to Cyborg, Oracle, and Hawkeye, we'll discuss the importance of diversity in the superhero biz. Panelists: Khary Payton, Greg Weisman, Christopher Jones, Lynne M Thomas, Bri Lopez Donovan

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

11:00am

Reading - Tim Wick and phillip andrew bennett low
Panelists: Tim Wick, phillip andrew bennett low

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree 2201

11:00am

Signing - Briana Lawrence
Panelists: Briana Lawrence

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

11:00am

Signing - Jessica Walsh
Panelists: Jessica Walsh

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

11:00am

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories. 12 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

11:00am

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
Kitsune (pronounced kit-soo-nay) are Japanese fox-spirits, known for tricking unwary mortals. In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. 8 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

11:00am

Red Dragon Inn
Hey you, let's fight! Them's drinkin' words! Return to Red Dragon Inn where adventurers gather to drink, gamble and brawl when they get back from killing the monsters. Last one sober(ish) with money to spend wins! 5 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Bob Wagner (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table A

11:00am

Assassins Guild Grand Tournament
Join us a Tournament of Champions! The greatest warriors will face off in a contest of might. Registration is limited & restrictions apply. To Register Visit: http://www.assassins.celticmagicinc.com/2016-tournament/ Panelists: David Bianchi

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

11:00am

DoomBox - Friendship is Madness
This is the one we were *hoping* someone would pull this year - the twisted example of WRONG that sparked the Doom Box: My Little Pony + Call of Cthulu... come find out what happens when Friendship is Madness! 6 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Mark Wyler (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table B

11:00am

LAN - League of Legends Tournament
One of the most popular games in the world. Team tournament matches will be held during the morning, with finals on Saturday afternoon. Also available for team play during open gaming/late night gaming. **PERSONAL ACCOUNT REQUIRED** Panelists: LAN Gaming (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2208

11:00am

PFS - Daughters of Fury: Sacrifice
What does Vegazi have to do with the raiders' diabolical plot? Who will rally Arwyll Stead now that the town's icon has been cut down? And who is the mastermind orchestrating the orc tribe's alliance with devils from beyond? 5 players, ages 13+ Panelists: Jeffrey Reed (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table A

11:00am

PFS - Hall of the Flesh Eaters
A recent discovery by the Pathfinder Society has revealed a brief opportunity to navigate the Gloomspires safely and search for the lost treasure of Sevenfingers. Unfortunately, the Pathfinders are not the only visitors... 5 players, age 13+ Panelists: Keith Apperson (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table B

11:00am

MTG - Value Box Sealed Deck
Each player gets a Value Box of 30 rares & 400 commons / uncommons - open the box, make a deck - everything else is usable as sideboard to change up your deck between matches! $15 event ticket from Dreamer's Vault Games dealer booth, 64 player max! Panelists: Dreamer's Vault Games (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sheraton Garden Court

11:00am

GPS Charity Auction
Bidding closes at 7:00 PM. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 7:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 8

11:00am

PFS - Quests
Quests are a series of 1 hour adventures meant to take new players through their first experiences with the Pathfinder Society. Quests will be run throughout the day whenever players are available. 5 players, age 13+ Panelists: Pathfinder Society (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 9:00pm
DoubleTree 2203 Table C

11:00am

MTG - Casual Play
2206 is open for casual play all day Saturday while the two tournaments are taking place in the Sheraton Garden Court. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - 11:00pm
DoubleTree 2206

11:00am

Reserved for Game Library
Every year, The Source brings some of their library of games to CONvergence - this table is reserved for playing games borrowed from that library in The Source's room. Please keep all borrowed games in the room while playing. Panelists: The Source (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:00am - Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2205 Table C

11:30am

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 12:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

11:30am

The Cousins Gee
The most benevolent yet at the same most deadly super power ever known to mankind--both in the real world as well as in the world of Convergence!! Panelists: John Knowles

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

11:30am

Cinema Rex Movie 17
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

12:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - 12:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

12:00pm

CoF2E2
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 114

12:00pm

Volunteers Den Massage Table
Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 12:00am
DoubleTree Cabana 118

12:00pm

Steam Century Scavenger Hunt Ballot Pickup - Saturday
Pick up your blank ballots for the Steam Century Scavenger Hunt at the 22nd floor Front Desk starting noon-ish on Friday. Instructions available at the table, and completed ballots due Sunday by noon. All are welcome! Panelists: Red Ribbon Society (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:00pm - Sunday July 3, 2016 2:00am
DoubleTree 2200 Lobby

12:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

12:30pm

Cricket
Paul Cornell teaches cricket to Americans. This year he'll be teaching it outside - with real bats, balls and wickets! Fore! Or whatever you say in cricket... Location: Meet by Atrium 8 before we head outside. Panelists: Paul Cornell

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Outdoors

12:30pm

Dragon Puppet
One favorite types of transport: the dragon! Build a dragon puppet out of fleece and your imagination, simple hand sewing skills a plus. Kimberly from Joy Filled Puppets will guide you as you create a Night Fury, Ukrainian Underbelly, or Fire Drake. Panelists: Kimberly Baerg

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

12:30pm

A Brief History of Time Machines
There are other time machines in sci-fi besides the TARDIS. We'll talk about time travel, from H.G. Wells to the Time Tunnel to Quantum Leap. Panelists: Lathan Murrell, Sarah Prentice, William Leisner, Tyler Tork (mod), Niles Schwartz

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

12:30pm

Decolonizing Colonization
Humanity may one day spread its influence beyond our planet. But colonization on Earth has been incredibly problematic, causing oppression and destruction in its wake. Can we colonize space without all the baggage? Panelists: Desiree Schell (mod), Cassandra Phoenix, Emily Finke, Celia Yost

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

12:30pm

Gaming with Kids
Introducing children to Euro-style, deck building, and role playing games can start really early. Learn the do's and don'ts of explaining and introducing people (of all ages) to new styles of games. Craig: added Katarina Larsen Panelists: Katarina Larsen, Naomi Kritzer, Michael May, Kerry Peterson, Peter Larsen

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

12:30pm

Joker Syndrome
From the recent portrayals of the Kingpin to the Joker, villainy has gotten complicated. When did people stop being bad and start being diagnosed? Panelists: Tim Lieder, Dana Baird, Axel Kohagen (mod), Jen Manna, Damarra Atkins

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Edina

12:30pm

Know-It-All Cast
The Know-it-all-Cast is a live podcast where the hosts don't know what they are going to talk about until the audience tells them! Watch the debut recording of this new improvisational show featuring special guest experts! Panelists: Tim Wick, Andrea Wilkins

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Crowne Plaza U

12:30pm

Once More, With Feeling
Find out from voice actors how they craft their performances and make 3 different kinds of sounds mean 3 different things. Panelists: Dirk Ykema

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

12:30pm

One on One with Amal El-Mohtar
Panelists: Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

12:30pm

Radio Play Rehearsal
A one-hour CLOSED rehearsal for Radio Play. Panelists: Christopher Jones, Greg Weisman, Khary Payton, Jim Kakalios

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

12:30pm

Trade Routes
Most people think of trade routes as means to exchange goods and money. They are also the roads of culture and influence. Let's talk about the power trade routes have exerted on history and in genre. Panelists: Bradford Walker, Katie Dahl, Sigrid Ellis (mod), Emma Bull, Michael Carus

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

12:30pm

First Wheels on Alien Soil
Two Soviet “Lunokhods” roamed the moon in the early 70s, run by 5-man teams from a secret facility in the middle of nowhere. Hear stories of choosing these people, their bizarre training, and life behind three guarded gates. Panelists: Jay Gallentine

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

12:30pm

Reading - Kelly McCullough and Alex Bledsoe
Panelists: Kelly McCullough, Alex Bledsoe

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree 2201

12:30pm

Signing - Amy Shira Teitel
Amy Shira Teitel will available to sign her works. Panelists: Amy Shira Teitel

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table C

12:30pm

Signing - phillip andrew bennett low
Panelists: phillip andrew bennett low

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table A

12:30pm

Signing - Sharon Stiteler
Panelists: Sharon Stiteler

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
DoubleTree Autograph Table B

12:30pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories. 12 players, age 13+. Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C

12:30pm

Inn Fighting
With a roll of the dice, you determine whether to hurl a tankard of ale at the out-of-tune bard or smash a chair over the drunken barbarian's head. Treachery and chaos abound, as every game promises a new and hilarious tavern brawl! 5 players, age 13+ Panelists: Eric R. Peterson (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table D

12:30pm

Kitsune: Foxes and Fools
Kitsune (pronounced kit-soo-nay) are Japanese fox-spirits, known for tricking unwary mortals. In this a game of luck and tactics, those who gain all nine tails of the mythical spirit fox earn their place among the kitsune elders. 8 players, age 13+. Panelists: Susan Price (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table D

12:30pm

Quick-Travel Games
Come play (or learn) some quick, affordable, travel-sized games (Sushi-Go, Fluxx, Love Letter). Games will be started as folks arrive; no need to stay for the whole block – drop in and out as you please. All players welcome. Panelists: Jennifer Bergk (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table A

12:30pm

Red Flags
Red Flags is a card game where players pick qualities that would make a perfect date for the “single” player. Then comes the date’s “red flag.” They “love to cuddle” and they're an “astronaut” but ... they “bring mom to the date?" 8 players, age 13+ Panelists: Chas Swedberg (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table G

12:30pm

Samurai 7
Facing starvation and abductions at the hands of fearsome mechanized bandits, the farmers of Kanna Village make the dangerous choice to hire samurai for protection. Through great risk and a bit of luck, they pull together seven samurai to battle the bandits and the merchants behind them. Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 2:30pm
DoubleTree Atrium 1

12:30pm

Saganami Island TacSim
Join the Royal Manticoran Navy in David Weber's Honor Harrington Universe for a tactical simulation of the Saganami Island Battle! Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 12:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table C

1:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 1:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

1:00pm

Temperance Turbines
American acoustic blues pick-up band Panelists: Kent Hansen, Justin Hartley

Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Crowne Plaza A-E-I-O

1:00pm

Space Lounge: Classic Video Game Tournament
Elimination-style competition on a 2-player glass table-top arcade machine featuring games ranging from the classic to the bizzare. (Space Limited) Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Veranda 8

1:00pm

Pillar of Fire
CONvergence Guest of Honor Cam Banks runs a GenCon preview of Pillar of Fire – a new epic Science Fiction RPG from Atlas Games! Panelists: Cam Banks (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree 2202 Table E

1:30pm

Valkyrie Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Valkyrie Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Valkyrie, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 1:30pm - 2:25pm
DoubleTree 2204 Valkyrie

1:30pm

Cinema Rex Movie 18
See the full Cinema Rex schedule, including information about this film, in the printed Programming Guide, Grid, or stop in at Cinema Rex to see what's playing! Panelists:

Saturday July 2, 2016 1:30pm - 4:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 4

2:00pm

Artemis Bridge Simulator
Come play in our two unique and customized bridges for the Artemis Bridge Simulator! Physical sign-up sheets will be available in the room daily. The online Sched system is for interest in playing Artemis, it does not reserve you for the time slot. Panelists: The Royal Manticoran Navy (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 2:55pm
DoubleTree 2204 Artemis

2:00pm

Cuddly Sock Robot
However we get there, it'll be more enjoyable with a friend. Build your own cuddly Baymax-ian robot out of a simple sock. Recommended for ages 5 and up, with adult helper for hot glue safety. Panelists: Kathleen Lamb

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 2

2:00pm

Books by Non-American Authors
Who are your favorite non-American authors? Which international sci-fi/fantasy books should we all add to our reading list? We'll talk current and classic, well-known to obscure gems. Panelists: David Schwartz, Anthony Eichenlaub, Sarah Humphries, Lee Harris (mod), Crystal Huff

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 3

2:00pm

Gasoline Is So Last Century
What will the future run on? Will it be solar power, fuel cells, children's laughter, or unicorn farts? Scientists, engineers and enthusiasts speculate and debate what the future of fuel might look like. Panelists: Benny Vimes, Steven Theiss, Ryan Consell, Nicole Gugliucci, Desiree Schell (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 1

2:00pm

It's a CONspiracy: Cult Edition - All Hail Monlok, Monlok is peace!
In previous improvised comedy CONspiracy panels we've brought you the "truth" about contrails, lizard people, and the dinosaurs being farmed in the hollow center of the moon. This year, we present a new truth: Monlock is peace, Monlock is truth. Panelists: Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Tim Wick, Jeremy Stomberg

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Edina

2:00pm

Military Vehicles: Fact, Fiction, and Things you Shouldn't Try at Home
What keeps X-wings in the air? How do scorpion tanks keep rolling? Military vehicle/aircraft maintainers share their stories & expertise on the reality of military-grade vehicle upkeep. Gain insight on how fantasy military vehicles might work...and break! Panelists: Chris Thompson, Leah Bloodgood, Kyle Dekker (mod), Sean Berry, David Rossing

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Plaza 3

2:00pm

Non-Network Original Content
Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are all releasing original content, some of it taking us in interesting directions in sci-fi and fantasy. Will online original content soon make networks obsolete? Panelists: Alex Musial, Matt Gamble, Lyda Morehouse, Grace Ulak

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 2

2:00pm

One on One with Mark Oshiro
Panelists: Mark Oshiro, Jody Wurl

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 4

2:00pm

Why Afrofuturism?
What is Afrofuturism? What can be learned from it? How can you support it? Panelists: Rob Callahan (mod), Ytasha Womack, Gregory Parks

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 7

2:00pm

Radio Play
Fans and professionals perform in a live original radio play written by animation and comic book writer Greg Weisman to totally pander to his geeky fans! Panelists: Christopher Jones, Greg Weisman, Khary Payton, Jim Kakalios

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Atrium 6

2:00pm

Would I Lie To You?
A comedy game show where contestants have to guess which of them is lying, and which of them is telling the truth, in which we learn a lot of weird facts about their lives... or not. Hosted by Paul Cornell. Panelists: Paul Cornell (mod), Joseph Scrimshaw, Amy Shira Teitel, C. Robert Cargill, Caroline Symcox, Amal El-Mohtar, Scott Lynch

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Bloomington

2:00pm

Regulating the Frontiers of Science and Technology
Ryan will discuss how lessons from sci-fi and fantasy entertainment can help society respond to the novel issues created by accelerating breakthroughs in genetics, robotics, information technology, neuroscience, and nanotechnology. Panelists: Ryan Johnson

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Crowne Plaza U

2:00pm

Reading - Max Gladstone
Panelists: Max Gladstone

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree 2201

2:00pm

Group Signing
This signing is for Invited and other Participants to sign their work. Panelists: Tactical Pinup, Camille Griep, J.M. Lee, Kathryn Sullivan, Patrick Tomlinson, Jack Reher, Sharon Stiteler, Michael R. Underwood, Adam J. Whitlatch, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Taylor Cisco, Jay Gallentine, William Leisner, Joan Marie Verba, phillip andrew bennett

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
DoubleTree Garden Court - Southwest

2:00pm

Bad Decisions
Have you made bad decisions today? Admit it to yourself: you love a bit of salacious gossip, most people do. In Bad Decisions, you and the other players team up to create the juiciest gossip, and the weirdest news stories. 12 players, age 13+. Panelists: Harry Thompson (mod)

Saturday July 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
DoubleTree 2207 Table C